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Columns Education Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles 

Survival of the Fittest:  Change is a given  &  planning is the Devil

– Bold, Visionary Leaders Never Fail to Plan or Plan to Fail   Written by Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles,  yreynoldsteach@gmail.com Overview of the Issues For Winston Churchill, “the empires of the future are the empires of the mind.”   The Jamaican Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, in a scholarships awards’ address, (23/08/18) stated that “Education moves generations and people forward. So we as (the) Government have to ensure that we’re doing all we can to create that excellence in education.“.  History has demonstrated that the…

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Education Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles 

Let’s stop making excuses and work at getting it right

On August 11, 2018 the Antigua Observer newspaper published two articles about the newly released 2018 CXC-CSEC results.  The section on “Trending Stories”, which tracks the number of views/clicks received by a story, caught my attention.  As of August 14th  (three days later) the number one story viewed/read was Significant improvements in 2018 CSEC results followed by Jumpy soca monarch admits shock, then the third most popular story was Too many still performing poorly at CSEC. Of the two articles written about CXC-CSEC exams that day, the former article with…

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Education Health Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles 

THE FIERCE URGENCY OF NOW Fraud, Waste or Ignorance? Shame on You and Me

By: Yvonne Reynolds, Are you telling me that this government can create/resuscitate a Pharmaceutical degree granting program in two weeks, or to be extra nice to them, one month?  Are you kidding me?  Yesterday, (30/1/2017) with pomp and circumstance, the A&B government “re-opened” the Pharmaceutical school located at and associated with the Antigua State College – with fifteen incoming students.  This precious photo-op appears designed to “prove” that the Ministry of Education is on the ball, justifying its last year (2016) allocation of the second largest budget item, and vindicating…

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Columns Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles 

The Education Tipping Point – Train Up a Child (Part 4)

COMPETENCE, COMMITMENT AND COST EFFECTIVENESS Great Ideas Demand Funding and Good Execution (Bureaucrats) For Success The Caribbean’s current high failure rate for Math and average success for English should be the push factor to search for methods that work.  Decisions regarding which schools get closed in which neighbourhoods, which children are transported where, what capital expenditures are approved for which schools, the amount of resources distributed to which schools, the focus and priority given to which education level, are all factors affecting student achievement. Finland, Canada and Singapore seem to…

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Columns Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles 

The Education Tipping Point – Train Up a Child (Part 3)

By Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles, M.P.A., MSc. Reverse Engineering Our Classrooms to Stop Creating Deserving Poor As documented above, the quality of education offered at the K-12 level is unacceptable.  Decline in passing rates for CXC Math and English is not a new phenomenon – it is decades old. Nancy George (2016) purports that, “after years of struggle to improve Mathematics and English Language scores in CXC examinations – the two required subjects for tertiary level entry – the percentage of passes is still abysmally low.”  Disheartening, is that this sad state…

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Columns Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles 

The Education Tipping Point – Train Up a Child (Part 2)

By: Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles GREAT EXPECTATIONS – BUT IS TERTIARY EDUCATION FOR ALL WORTH IT? Tertiary education policy has edged to center stage on national agendas and government budget subsidies, especially as the public, parents and students have greater hopes for economic mobility and stability through educational attainment.  The amount of education one has, is correlated with his/her class position, generating considerable earnings – rewards to individuals who graduate. Tertiary institutions are a badge of honour for countries –  conferring status and education prestige. High quality tertiary education is projected as a…

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Columns Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles 

The Education Tipping Point – Train Up a Child (PART 1)

By: Yvonne Reynolds-Bowles The Rule of Law:  Our Bureaucracy – How its Formed and What It Does Each new year brings evaluations and plans for the up-coming year. Politicians hunt for successes and people take stock of whether they are better or worse. Performance effectiveness of public programs and their implementing bureaucrats, are loudly discussed, and media pundits showcase boasts, threats, excuses and justifications – from all sides of the divide. Success is measured by the progress made in economic growth and citizenry well-being. The future takes centre stage and hopes…

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