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Losing the joys of the printed word – commentary

Losing the joys of the printed word


bookwormsYesterday (September 9, 2013), the entire country should have halted whatever it was doing, grabbed a book and read. Of course the exercise allowed for people to read their e-mail, web chats and just about anything that contained the written word.  The occasion was World Literacy Day and it meant a lot to the administrators in the Education Ministry.

For one, English is supposed to be the mother language of the Guyanese people but from recent results less than forty per cent of the students writing the examinations in school exhibit a grasp of the language. Many cannot spell basic English words and the vast majority do not have a vocabulary.

This did not happen overnight. Perhaps the decline in understanding the language coincided with the rise in inflation that priced books out of the reach of the ordinary man. Having to choose between a book and food on the table, it goes without saying what the choice would have been.            Continue reading

Quotes from Marcus Tullius CICERO – (106 BC – 43 BC)

CICERO (106 BC–43 BC), full name Marcus Tullius Cicero, was a Roman statesman, lawyer, political theorist, philosopher and one of Rome’s greatest orators.

Read  about the life of CICERO here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cicero

Here are a few Quotes by Marcus Tullius CICERO   (106 BC – 43 BC)

Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Six mistakes mankind keeps making century after century:
Believing that personal gain is made by crushing others;
Worrying about things that cannot be changed or corrected;
Insisting that a thing is impossible because we cannot accomplish it;
Refusing to set aside trivial preferences;
Neglecting development and refinement of the mind;
Attempting to compel others to believe and live as we do.”  ― Marcus Tullius Cicero

“To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of history?”  ― Marcus Tullius Cicero    Continue reading

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