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Role models wanted!

- Wheatley says youth in the VI need role models to show them wrong from right
Talk Show host Doug Wheatley is calling for role models to come forward to help the youths.
Wheatley suggests that corrective method be put in place to show and encourage the youths the right from the wrong way.
Wheatley suggests that corrective method be put in place to show and encourage the youths the right from the wrong way.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Speak Out BVI host Douglas Wheatley, in relation to the young men in the VI participating in criminal acts and being incarcerated one by one, stated that the problems that should have been corrected at a young age, stems from the homes, schools and ignoring religious practices and are in need of positive role models to guide them.

Mr. Wheatley made these comments on his show last Tuesday, May 15, 2012.

He said one of the problems that is leading the young men in the country astray is the fact that the family structures existing within the Virgin Islands (VI) are disintegrating and are no longer what they used to be.

He added that the sin of praising material goods and services is prevalent in the Territory and plays the role of a “new God in society”.

Another problem he stated was that within the school system, the teachers are not "all what and how they should be", in motivating a child and encouraging them to be the best they could be.

Wheatley gave an example of a young male Virgin Islander who was writing a calypso. In that song, Wheatley explained that the young man mentioned the school system and whether or not teachers who are presently teaching, are teaching because it is a passion for them or just as a job to earn some quick money.

The talk show host stated that the religious aspect and its teachings has been completely ruled out by the young people in the VI society, relating to them not attending church or Sunday Schools on Sundays, as youths did in the past.

He said instead of attending church and showing reverence to God, they take that day to go to the beach to have fun and all other sought of activities that does not include the “Almighty’s presence”.

The host said that they are in need of positive role models. “The young people now, have no role models to look up to.”

He suggests that corrective method be put in place to show and encourage the youths the right from the wrong way.

5 Responses to “Role models wanted!”

  • Really! (22/05/2012, 15:57) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I agree with Mr. Wheatley to some extent but Sunday (from even way back in the days) has always been a family beach day, albeit after you come from church. Actually as a society (especially local fractions) do not really go to the beach anymore!
  • George W. Tush (22/05/2012, 16:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    gosh doug again? suckteeth
  • release (22/05/2012, 18:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Some of these adults especially those in high places themselves need role model…
  • up with the win (22/05/2012, 21:38) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    your mother and father should be your role models...
    • ------------------------- (23/05/2012, 11:27) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      what about thoes who do not have mom and dad????

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