• Revenge of the nerd

    As a young lad growing up in the 1970s and attending an all-boys traditional high school, there were few epithets worse from your peers than being described as a nerd. A nerd was a social outcast. He was stereotyped as having very thick eyeglasses; he did only science subjects...
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    Middle Class Breeding

    The Pocket Oxford English Dictionary describes the noun “breeding” as follows: “upper-class good manners seen as being passed on from one generation to another”. It also describes “to breed” as follows: “to mate and produce offspring”. The term ‘middle class’ may be used either as a measure of economic wealth or as a barometer as to...
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    PREPARE FOR A FASCINATING POLITICAL CHESS GAME

    Across the world there are political parties that cover the entire spectrum of political philosophy. This ranges from the ultra-right to those on the far left. The recent elections in the USA, the United Kingdom and France have resulted in left and left of centre parties all being on...
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    THE LABOUR MARKET & EDUCATION

    The story is true, but poignant & hurtful. A very bright, well mannered, articulate young man graduates from one of the traditional boys’ high school in Kingston which has existed for over 100 years. He is armed with 2 hands full of CSEC passes with very good grades and...
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    Equal pay for women in sports – A myth

    Over the last couple of years there has been a hue and cry about the lack of equality in pay and compensation for professional female athletes. This came to a head when the United States Women’s Soccer Team began a concerted series of activities to bring this to the...
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    Education funding – a new policy

    The Government of Jamaica (GOJ), commendably, has just decided to spend J$300 million to assist deregistered final year students at the University of the West Indies (UW), University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) and other universities to pay the outstanding monies due by them to the universities in order to...
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    Professional sports – the Jamaican farce

    I am a self-confessed sports junkie.  I need my daily fix of sports or my life becomes a boring humdrum of work, work, work and the interventions of Hilda. I have been a supporter of Liverpool F.C. since 1970 and of the Chicago Bears since 1984. I do not...
  • Boarding schools and the marginalised male -­ A solution

      It has been axiomatic for decades in this country that the main driver for legitimate economic empowerment for the poor and the middle classes is education. We have all, at some point in our lives, seen at first hand or heard about that person, male or female ,...

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