DR has The worst education system

RenatoSosua

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After listening to this video I was astonished to learn (even if I new that the educational system in the DR was not top notch) that it was so low in efforts by the government. Only 1.8% of the PIB (gross domestic product). DR is at the bottom (minus one country) for education comparing all Latin America, Spain and US-Canada. It's an interesting video of only 9.17 minutes in Spanish, very informative.
sacandomelao.com: VIDEO: Sin Educaci?n No Ta´mo en Na´
 

Robert

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Even less next year as public works (Metro) and debt payments are set to eat most of the national budget.

I posted the video here a couple of weeks ago :)
 

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I can't believe what I'm reading!!! Pte. Leonel Fernandez promised in 1996 electoral campaign the DR will have the best education Latino American system if elected president.

METRO METRO METRO METRO la gente quire METRO....

JJ
 

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Lack of education= a deficient society

I think this video is excellent and speaks to the grave deficiencies in the Dominican education system that has been persistent for decades (too many to count now) Who in the DR who has the power to change the status quo will listen to it because it addresses everything that relates to education and the ending results? The lack of it has caused the decay of Dominican society as a whole.

I am not surprised that the DR ranks so low in comparison to other Latin American countries in the region, only El Salvador is lower. In my opinion, the lack of education ranges from the speech of the average Dominican to the comportment and social conduct of the population. How can anyone, and in this case I am referring to the government not realize that an uneducated populace stagnates a country's growth and development? The dropout rate is alarming and the the hours of education in the public school system (to which the majority have access) is a disgrace- two and half hours, in an overcrowded classroom, with lack of supplies i.e. learning materials to learn and mediocre teachers is a formula for disaster which has been repeating itself school year after school year.

"La educaci?n no sirve". How sad a mentality is that in this day and age that you have youth with that mindset that "education is useless". Education is the key to opportunity and success- the most successful people have a foundation and a base. Yes, there are exceptions to the rules but this not about exceptions, this is about the need for the average everyday citizen to have access to 'good' education. Those who don't want to recognize what that lack of education means in the DR are part of the problem- this ranges from the government, to the people, and to the students themselves.

Basic education is a right not a privilege and when the government open its doors to this premise the DR will be on the road to being a better country with future long term growth and development. Invest in people first and foremost not in buildings and metros.


-MP.
 

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This is funny! So many people thinking along the same lines. I just posted something realting to DR education and what it might solve...curiousier and curiousier...

HB
 

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This is funny! So many people thinking along the same lines. I just posted something realting to DR education and what it might solve...curiousier and curiousier...

HB

What do you know about the current plan of the governments to revamp the education system to follow the Chilean and Argentine school system. My wife went to a couple of briefs by the school district when she was in Jarabacoa.
 

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This is not widely talked about. I have researched a bit to learn about the Singapore Math System, but it is expensive as all get out!!! one town in Westchester County, NY spent 145,000 on it....

HB
 

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A good start would be funding edumacation to the constitutionally mandated 4% of the budget. It's funded at less than half that.

But, heck, what difference does a constitution make?:bunny:
 

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amarianopolita states

Basic education is a right not a privilege and when the government open its doors to this premise the DR will be on the road to being a better country with future long term growth and development. Invest in people first and foremost not in buildings and metros.

that is the basis of the problem. in the DR, education is thought of as a privilege to be afforded only to the wealthy and connected. the country suffers from information apartheid. the good schools are reserved to the children from families with hyphenated last names, whose lineages can be traced to Columbus. the rest of the populace languishes in a morass of bewildering ignorance, that is a source of shock to those who witness it. i have met Dominicans living in New York who still believe that the name of the country is New York. they were astonished and wide eyed when i told them that New York was a state and a city, not the country. i have not met one everyday person who can give me an idea of where they think Trinidad is on a map of the world. many opine that the condition is intentional, and is a carryover from the days of Trujillo, who figured that if people became educated , they would be more inquisitive, and difficult to manipulate. the incestuous nature of education in the country leads to the extremes of social stratification, and lack of upward mobility which characterises the culture. absent migration to places like the USA, five generations hence, the same families will be in the same situations they are today...the rich will be rich, the poor will be poor. just the way the social and political directorate intended it to be.
 
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Could it be that those with power and wealth DON’T want an educated, literate and thinking society?
 
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Could it be that those with power and wealth DON?T want an educated, literate and thinking society?

The real question is: How could it be anything else?

With the government not holding to a constitutionally mandated percentage of spending for education, if the people were better educated they would be in a position to throw the bums out and replace them with leaders who would adhere to the constitutional mandate rather than shrug, drink, sing and dance to the same old sheet music, explaining it away as "that's just how it goes here". Place a 100% tax on alcoholic beverage and use that for education and there will be murders in the streets. It's just not a priority.

The desire for change must come from the people.
 

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i attended high school in a british west indian country. in order to attend high school, you had to pass a qualifying examination known as the Common Entrance. on the application form, you could choose the name of any school you wished to attend, in the evnt that you passed the tests. which means that some guy or girl from the poorest of families could end up sitting beside the son or daughter of the Prime Minister in a classroom. some of the brightest and best minds came from barrios and rural outbacks, the centers of the greatest concentrations of poverty and deprivation. in this country, there is very little chance that the children of some sharecropper from a farm behind Valverde Mao is going to be seated rubbing elbows with the sons of Leon Jimenez. just will not happen.
 
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Now that I?m living in the country, I took my daughters, Alexandra and Angela, to enroll in the only public high school in Azua. The entrance to the school premises was littered with debris and rubbish, the corridor to the principal?s office was seedy and grimy, with walls and floor that had never been washed and painted in years. Students scattering about in a wild din. As I passed down the hall, students in the hallway and from the classrooms ogled shamelessly, yelling provocative innuendos at my daughters. Once in the school principal?s office, the director kept punctuating her speech with a disturbing giggle. The place reminded me of the images of juvenile reformatories for delinquent kids I?ve seen on TV. When we left, my oldest daughter was in tears. What a relief when I told them definitely they will not be enrolled in that school.
 
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Breaking News. I just received word that my 10 yr old Aroa was dismissed early from school because of a sudden storm, and that he is currently stuck on the eastern side of the Jirabon river, unable to cross because of the strong current. I'm just about to drive over to see how to retrieve him. Wish me luck!
 
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Aroa is the child with the blue school shirt on the far right side across the river. I'll have to wait until the river subsides somewhat, maybe in a couple of hours. God willing!
 

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But, but, but: WE HAVE A METRO!!!!!!!!!! We sent a 25 person delegation to the United States for two weeks!!! We spend 30 billion pesos on our great military!!! We bought 8 Super Tucanos that don't work!! WE "lost" $130 million from Sun Land...

That is one sick photo!!

Thanks dude!! (What were you doing in Indiana>>>??)


HB
 

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But, but, but: WE HAVE A METRO!!!!!!!!!! We sent a 25 person delegation to the United States for two weeks!!! We spend 30 billion pesos on our great military!!! We bought 8 Super Tucanos that don't work!! WE "lost" $130 million from Sun Land...

That is one sick photo!!

Thanks dude!! (What were you doing in Indiana>>>??)


HB

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School or prison. I'd agree that the majority of public schools are as Mirador states but I haven't observed that at the high school in Jarabacoa, and I've been there a number of times.