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What Happens to the D Students?

I was just talking to my friend who recently came to America from Kenya. We were of course discussing the many disparities in the educational, political, and financial systems. Today, my friend brought something new to my attention. I knew that there was a form of free education in South Africa, but I never really understood it. He explained that if you receive a grade of C or better on the South African equivalent of the SAT, then you are referred to continue your education.  However, if you do not meet that requirement you not only cannot continue your education but you also can be rejected for certain types of employment. 

So what happens to D students? Well apparently they get D-jobs, marry in their D-class, buy a D-home, and live a D-live. Then they transfer that same life to their children. Sound familiar?

America may not have a D-system, but the funding of education seems to lead to similar situations. President Kgalema Motlanthe said this:

“Positive examination results are a barometer not only of the learners’ achievement but also of what the efficiency of our education system is. In a country such as ours beset by accumulated disabilities that limit people’s ability to enjoy the fruits of freedom, education is a single critical equaliser. In other words, for a nation like ours to defeat social ills such as poverty and inequality, we need a strong education system that empowers ordinary South Africans to respond with confidence to the imperatives of modern society. As proven elsewhere in the world, education plays a pivotal in the economic growth and development of a country. To this end, tireless efforts revolving around skills development, research and innovation programmes often help countries to modernise and grow their economies. Flowing from this consideration, government has consciously elevated education as one of our five priorities, the others being health, creation of jobs, rural development and fighting corruption.”

Hopefully South Africa is taking the steps to prevent the D-Life cycle. in the same way, the United States can begin to set standards to create equity in the American education system.

 

 

 

 

 

Who said “Capitalism is great”???

 Mr. Monopoly. A man who almost every person in the United States has seen. Many of us have played this game in many forms. Stripping your friends or family of their wealth and making them mortgage their property was fun right? Little did we know, at 8 & 9 years of age this game has deceived us to believe that stepping on the toes of others isn’t so bad. Well maybe in a game it is not atrocious, but when you translate those actions to reality then we have a serious quandary.

In America, we have recently been able to see the effects of capitalism and greed. We have seen how our economic system’s public and private companies and their interests strip Americans from their homes, their jobs, and–for some– their life savings. While unfamiliar for many Americans,  the effects of capitalism are not so anomalous for people in underdeveloped countries.

Keeping It Simple‘s post named Capital, Communism and Africa says simply, “that the effects of global capitalism have been negative on the African continent. Global capitalism has been bad for most of the world. Only small groups of people have benefited from it, at the expense of the masses.”  This has proved true. In this current recession how many millions of people were effected by a couple thousand bad decision makers on Wall Street. 

Because of Africa’s prolonged stagnation and that they are virtually blockaded from entering the world market, they are being taken for a ride on this global capital movement which is seemingly heading towards a treacherous end. So I ask again. Who said that capitalism is great? We may have evolves slightly from the days of Rockerfeller, Carnegie, and J.P. Morgan. However, we still have a long ways to go.

 

 

 


Bi-weekly Videopress: African agricultural group heads meet at UN – Press TV News

This video is a presstvmobile youtube upload. This meeting took place this past Friday, October 7th in New York. In this video they discuss “the continents rampant poverty and desperation for food.” This is no new idea. However, these members seem very determined to create farming that will help the continent become self-sufficient while keeping food and medical aid out of terrorist hands.

Since I am just beginning this blog, it may look a bit disorganized until I figure out exactly how I am going to set everything up. With that statement, I think I would like to put up at least two videos per week about current African news or events. I hope you enjoy the variety of selections.