Well, summer's officially now over and it's back to school.Â Glad those days are now behind me.
I just wanted to share something Gather might find interesting:Â We start our youngsters' schooling at three years old, not at six like you do in America.
Proud dad Adonis Walters carries his daughter Shaudoniah to Pentab Early Childhood Education Centre in central Kingston yesterday for the three-year-old's first day of school. - Norman Grindley/Chief Photographer
There are exceptions of course.Â I was two years old!!!! on my first day of school.Â My lunch was in a nipple bottle :-D) Beat up my first bully with it; gave him a bump by hitting him on the head with it.
Learning the alphabet was my very first lesson.Â Yes!!! I actually started to learn to read and write at two years old.Â I became literate so early in life that I don't remember what age I actually became literate.Â I know that I definitely was literate at 5 because I had changed schools at that age and the teachers were astounded at my reading ability.
We unfortunately have a very serious problem with our education system though; shortage of resources.Â The picture is the link to the story connected with it from today's issue of the Daily Gleaner.
Now imagine this stupidity:Â We are now in a borrowing relationship with the IMF.Â None of the funds allocated is earmarked for education.Â They actually have worked out a very detailed economic recovery plan that excludes increased spending on public education.Â The last time they lent us money, one of the conditions was that the government abandon free university education.
If there are economics experts here on Gather who have read this, please explain the logic.