Clergyman, Sherwin Griffith, has urged teachers who are here for a conference of the Caribbean Union of Teachers (CUT) this week, to treat all their students with respect.
Griffith, quoting from the scriptures, said:” For we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellency of the power may be of God and not of us.”
“Do we make our children come to understand that each student has a talent, has a gift, has power within him or her placed there by the creator of the heavens and the earth, or do we think they have to demonstrate certain kinds of things?” He said.
Griffith, a former teacher himself, was addressing an ecumenical service Sunday at the Golden Palm Events Centre at Rodney Bay.
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The event was jointly organised by the Caribbean Union of Teachers and the Saint Lucia Teachers’ Union.
The Wesleyan Holiness Church official asserted that every single human being that God has made has a gift.
“That is why we must treat all our students with respect – some may be academically oriented, some may be artistically oriented – God is a God of variety, he is not a cloning God that everybody must look like everybody else,” Griffith declared.
He urged teachers to acknowledge that and seek to bring out from their students what God has put into them.
“Don’t think that we are just putting in, we are bringing out because they have talents – they have gifts and we must recognise that and work along with our God,” Griffith stated.
“Caribbean teachers, we are generally looking the wrong way – we have been looking out when we should have been looking in,” he told his audience which included opposition leader, Philip J.Pierre.
He told Caribbean teachers that there are students in the region with great potential.
“We must bear that in mind,” Griffith said.