Putting students under stress

Updated 27 December 2016
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Putting students under stress

The modern-day concept of school exams and pressuring students to do well in subjects they are not interested in destroys their individuality, and their ability to find their hidden talents and excel at them. It makes students believe that what they are good at and interested in is useless. What does one get by trying so hard to get children talented in something they are not interested in, when they are already talented in something they are interested in?
Not all students are interested in one particular subject. Not everyone’s brain capacity is the same. So why is everyone judged on the same basis? If every student got a question paper that was set only for them, according to their capacity and abilities, nobody would fail. If all kinds of fields had the same scope, all subjects would be equally important and students could choose their interests.
What does one gain by making it this hard for students? Like if a person is good at physics or chemistry then yay, but if he or she is good at poetry, art or singing all they hear is: “Hey! Stop that now and concentrate on your studies.”
I have hope for today’s generation. We need to change the concept of students being forced to be good at something they are not interested in or able to do. The individuality of a student should be shown. We also need to comfort students who do not do well, unlike most teachers today who look disgustedly at those they categorize as weak, and smile at the smart category.
Treat everyone according to their level, and keep the happiness in them forever lit. To teachers today, I hope when you look at our generation changing this concept, you finally realize and understand what you have done.


Cartoon in bad taste

Updated 07 August 2017
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Cartoon in bad taste

I wish to use my “right of reply” to complain about the unfortunate caricature that appeared on Aug. 5, 2017, in your well-known newspaper. The cartoon represents President Nicolas Maduro sitting on a military tank and a hand coming out of the tank’s cannon writing on a book titled “New Constitution.” Such a caricature is offensive to my country.
What the caricature seems to imply is that President Maduro wants to rewrite a new constitution with the power of arms. This is totally false. It is immoral to give your readers such a forged image of Venezuela and its constitutionally- and democratically-elected government.
The revision of our constitution, which is among the best in the world, is mainly to reinforce it and make it more adaptable to the new times. It is not an imposition of our president; it has been backed by more than 8 million Venezuelans and has the objective of re-establishing the peace process that has been trampled by a violent opposition backed by interested foreign countries that pretend to give orders to our sovereign populace.
I fail to understand why some international media report fake news about my country, with the purpose of undermining our sovereignty, and the people of Venezuela’s absolute right to decide, in a free and independent manner, how it wants to conduct its internal affairs.
I invite your newspaper to inform about our country with the truth and the same respect that we, in Venezuela, treat to our brothers of Saudi Arabia.

Joseba Achutegui
Ambassador of Venezuela
Riyadh
Saudi Arabia