It was an unusual weekend in Jamaica. We were under lockdown (a half-day curfew on Saturday and all day Sunday) – but the gates were opened for vaccinations across the island. This afternoon was pretty busy at some locations, but reports were generally very positive. Some had to wait, but altogether there were good reviews … More Jamaica and COVID-19: Over 18,000 vaccinated on Sunday and the “blitz” continues until Tuesday
No, it’s not Teachers Day. Does it have to be? I found a quote on Goodreads from what happens to be one of my favorite books, The Once and Future King by T.H. White, as follows: “The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the … More Teaching Is Not a Lost Art, Nor a Lesser One
What are the challenges facing boys in education – and where are the opportunities for them to excel? The British Council’s second annual Boys in Education Week is designed to give the boys the support they need – including mentoring, and the possibility of a more long term project in this area. Anyway, here is … More The British Council’s Boys in Education Week
I can hardly think of anything more important than environmental education, especially in these treacherous times. Now the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is celebrating the 20th anniversary (can it really be so long?) of its Schools’ Environment Programme (SEP), which I consider to be a model programme of its kind. I have written about the … More JET to Honour Teachers as it Celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Schools’ Environment Programme
Although I don’t always manage to get to all the stages of the competition, I do love to follow the fortunes of Katalyxt’s Youth Innovators, who work hard every year for prizes for the best (and most marketable) product or service. It’s a combination of creativity, new ideas and business acumen that is required. The high … More Katalyxt’s Youth Innovators 2017: Vere Technical High School Takes It Away Again!
After a day or two of grey clouds and drizzle, an energetic breeze is livening us up this morning. Our little dog has been racing up and down the yard. There is a shift in the season, and all around us there are depressions and burgeoning storms. Hopefully they will avoid our little island. We … More NW Manley Turns in His Grave, Blacking Out, and A Hero’s Quiet Return: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Here is a guest post by fellow blogger and educator Wayne Campbell. I touched on this issue in my last news update. It struck me then that the remarks by the English professor was almost the first time I had heard anyone speak openly on this issue – at least to my knowledge. I love … More Corrupt Practices in Jamaica’s Education System: Guest Blog Post by Wayne Campbell
I am happy to introduce this guest blog post by young educator (and blogger) Wayne Campbell. Wayne and I recently obtained Certificates of Merit for our blogs at the Press Association of Jamaica annual awards. Here is a thoughtful piece about an educational issue that is often overlooked in Jamaica. And I wonder why phonics is … More Dyslexic Children in Jamaica Need More Support: Guest Blog Post by Wayne Campbell
The last few days have been surprising, and interesting. One of the pleasant surprises was that we are celebrating the first Jamaican writer to win the Man Booker Prize, Marlon James. A bit of good news here and there can’t do any harm; God knows, we need it. Positive energy news: There is good news from … More The PNP Does a Wobbly, Marlon James Makes a Killing, and What Color Are Mosquitoes? Wednesday, October 14, 2015
This week is Education Week in Jamaica. It means (obviously) that the Minister of Education is exceptionally busy, with a flurry of additional functions and school visits. We have also embarked on Child Month – when much wider issues affecting children are under the microscope. These “issues” are so wide-ranging that they cannot possibly be addressed during … More Children. Learn.