The Caribbean region is home to countries with the highest per capita incomes. In terms of human development, Anglophone nations such as The Bahamas and Barbados are among the 58 countries in the world identified as “very high human development”; Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago rank amongst those identified in the category of “high human development”. English-speaking … [Read more...] about Man-up: Hegemonic Masculinity in the Caribbean
Institutions and the historical conditions that influenced their formation are now widely considered important to understanding differences in economic development across countries. There are alternative views on the channels through which the colonial experience influenced present-day development outcomes. Some economists have argued in favor of a “colonizer effect,” whereby … [Read more...] about Colonization and Institutions in the Caribbean
Do you care what schools your children go to? You, I and most parents probably do, which is a bit of a paradox as there is very little evidence, i.e. scientific proof, that parental preferences for secondary schools are related to schools' causal impacts on school exit examinations. These preconceived notions of what are “the best schools” for your child can be explained by … [Read more...] about Can Parents Recognize School Benefits Beyond Short-Run Academic Achievement?
In 2008, Jamaica was hit by the world economic downturn when it was already plagued by years of weak economic performance as well as high and increasing debt levels. As a result of the additional pressure from the global financial crisis, Jamaica's fiscal situation quickly became unsustainable. Starting in 2010, Jamaica’s government took decisive actions, including two domestic … [Read more...] about Jamaica’s Economic Stabilization Program: Four Lessons from its Debt Operations
Why math? Algebra, calculus, geometry, trigonometry. These words have the power to evoke fear in the hearts of some. But educators, mathematicians and scientists agree that a solid foundation in mathematics is necessary for complex problem solving and logical thinking, skills needed to work in the 21st century. So how do we teach math, demystify it and replace fear with fun? … [Read more...] about Making Mathematics Fun: Learning for the 21st Century