Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday that many of the violent crimes committed in the country are a result of a lack of impulse control, agreeing with a recent study conducted by the University of The Bahamas (UB).
“There is no question that formalized education, especially education that is supported by a dedicated and committed home environment, plays a very significant and powerful role in teaching children what is known as impulse control,” Lloyd told The Nassau Guardian in response to the study.
“Because many of these crimes that are committed are a reflection of two things: it’s a dislocated consciousness and a lack of impulse control.
“[When] you have no control over your feelings, you have no understanding of what impact your feelings or the actions that arise from taking action upon your feelings will have…”
A paper published in the report explores the correlation between violent crime offenders and lack of education, stating that 75.6 percent of imprisoned violent crime offenders interviewed in 2016 said they had not completed high school.
The report, “Our Prisoners: A Collection of Papers Arising from a 2016 Survey of Inmates at The Bahamas Department of Correctional Services Facility at Fox Hill”, contained a subsection, “Who commits murders”, which was conducted with surveys from 367 male and female sentenced inmates.
The study cites the work of Dr. David Allen, who suggests that a lack of problem-solving and anger management skills triggers violent behavior; both attributes related to lack of education.
“When you have the exposure to proper training in school and proper training at home and a society that rewards good behavior and punishes bad, the impulse control mechanism is taught and reinforced in the lives of its citizens,” he said.
He added that anyone contemplating leaving school prematurely is making a foolish mistake that will cost them dearly in life.
“Don’t look at [your] circumstance today. Don’t look at where you started or what you’re facing right now,” Lloyd said.
“I started out as a poor, young boy in Kemp Road. Look at where I am today.”
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