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Wanted: Education for Development and Progress

I write in reference to the standard of the secondary education system in Jamaica. As a university lecturer, and former CAPE (Caribbean Advanced Proificiency Examination) Law teacher, I observe that the system is dysfunctional in part because of the undue focus placed on examinations and test-based curricula, as opposed to learning. Accordingly, students in general …

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Prime Minister Golding Should Offer Unqualified Apology to Principals

Prime Minister the Hon. Bruce Golding equated the action of school principals who have proposed and/or implemented what many consider “exorbitant” auxiliary/supplemental or development fees as “extorting parents…” He has, by default, called school administrators extortionists and thereby provided unnecessary distraction and fodder for talking-heads. There are many perks associated with the office of Prime Minister …

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Your Take on Jamaican Creole A Farrago of Nonsense, Mr Franklin

I read the ‘article’ by Franklin Johnston which appeared on the 31st July in the Jamaica Observer with mounting horror and incredulity. How is it possible for such ignorant rantings to find space in [the] newspaper? The author is clearly a stranger to any notions of logic, and moreover makes wild claims about languages in …

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Hope and the Jamaican Diaspora

It is my opinion that the Diaspora comprises many Jamaicans who have become very nationalistic as a consequence of their “new” socialization, global exposure, international experience and many supportive networks developed while living, working and studying overseas. Many Diasporans are far more loyal to Jamaica than many of the those occupying leadership positions in politics, …

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Jamaican Bible Translation Should be a Grassroots Movement

I write in reference to the recent debate regarding the patois translation of the Bible, which I think would be a significant waste of time, effort and money for several reasons. It must be acknowledged from the outset that patois is a dialect, as opposed to a language. A dialect is a variation of a …

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Jamaican Crime and Anarchy

The problem of crime in Jamaica has taken on a shape and form that juxtapose it very closely, if not head-on, to ‘the wall of anarchy’. Every time one listens to the news coming out of Jamaica or reads the newspapers or watches televison, one is inundated with news of murder, rampaging, innocent people being …

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About Joshua Spencer

Joshua Spencer is an educator, author and poet. He writes out of Toronto Canada

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Marcus Garvey Coin: Spreading the Word About Jamaica

Jamaican $20 coins. Dear Sir, Marcus Garvey, a Jamaican, was the first of many people of color to advocate the rights of all people, especially people of African descent. He is honored by a coin issued by Jamaica, and, that coin, makes the perfect gift to all peoples worldwide as a token of Jamaica and …

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Dysfunctional Nuclear Families and the Jamaican Murder Rate

Dear Editor: I write in reference to the recent debate regarding the cause of the high murder and violent crime rate in Jamaica. The causes of high violent crime rates are usually analyzed in terms of, inter alia, lower socioeconomic levels, lower educational attainment, and political instability. However, due to the fact that other poor, …

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Abortion and the rights of the individual

The Editor: I write in reference to the recent call by Jamaica’s Abortion Policy Review Advisory Group to repeal current laws prohibiting abortion in order to allow conditions under which medical termination of pregnancy to be lawful. I have observed that in this developing nation, many observers collapse the complexity of the issue to one …

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