On Self-Esteem

There is much talk these days about productivity and quality. In the House of Assembly, parliamentarians are debating a Bill to govern standards in the marketplace. Pundits who are following the state of Bahamian education worry themselves about the performance of our students in our schools. Our Prime Minister expresses much concern on a regular basis about the quality of the work and the training of Bahamian workmen, and so on.

The general consensus appears to be that we Bahamians are not productive enough, that we don’t perform to the best of our abilities in the workplace, that our standards are lax, that what we produce is not of the highest quality.

The concern is not misplaced. It’s a global economy in which we exist, and we Bahamians have got to learn to be competitive to survive. But the concern is misdirected.


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