TENTH ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE OF THE
CARIBBEAN RESEARCH CENTER, MEDGAR EVERS COLLEGE, 1997
CLOSING ADDRESS: LOOKING AT THE OUTCOMES
Thank you, Dr. Taint, for your kind words of welcome and introduction. It is a pleasure to be able to participate in this conference. It is my honour to represent Sir Alister McIntyre, Vice Chancellor of the University of the West Indies, who was scheduled to give this presentation. I am speaking in his place but not in his name. I take full responsibility for whatever sins are committed in this presentation.
The Reverend Dr. Devon Dick and the Organisers
of the Boulevard Baptist Church have conferred on me the great honour to
deliver this first Eric Downie Memorial Lecture. While the task is awesome, it
is not one that I could decline. We are inaugurating the commemoration of the
life and work of a remarkable son of Jamaica. Loving husband, devoted
father, bedrock of the extended Downie family, teacher, a Mico Man to be exact,
college lecturer, historian, teacher leader and Baptist deacon are but some of
the areas in which he excelled. But then we would have left out dominoes, of
which he was a master.
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Distinguished ladies and gentlemen all let me thank the University
Centre, and particularly Mrs Jane Bennett, for inviting me to give this public
lecture this evening. I welcome the opportunity to speak in Belize on a
subject with which I have been engaged continuously in the Commonwealth
Caribbean for the last 35 years. Having retired from the University of the West
Indies last year and having worked with teacher educators in Belize over the
last 26 years I am approaching this lecture from the perspective of an oldster
exiting the scene having a conversation with the generation that must continue
the work that some of us took over from our elders in the profession. More than
giving the Lecture I look forward to the question and answer session.
THE FRANK H. KLASSEN LECTURE 2016
With this introduction given by Dr. Christopher Clarke, everything from this point onward must be downhill. Being the last speaker, in the interest of time and seeing that it has been so oft repeated, allow me to say: all protocols observed. I wish only to draw attention to the presence of Senator the Honourable Ruel Reid, Minister of Education and to Dr. Mavis Gilmore and Mrs. Maxine Henry-Wilson (previous Ministers of Education), the empathy between them and the fact they are not all on the same political side. Both Dr. Gilmore and Mrs. Henry-Wilson presided over major reforms in teacher education which have had a positive impact on teacher education in Jamaica. One can only hope that Senator Reid will follow in the path of his predecessors. Further, we must note that Dr. Mavis Gilmore delivered the keynote address at the World Assembly in 1986 – Cultural Diversity and Global Interdependence: Imperatives for Teacher Education. Continue reading
I have been a member of the CKLN Board for more years than I care to remember. However, with today’s Launch and having seen the demonstration I can say with Simeon of Scripture, Let us now thy servant depart in peace for mine eyes have seen. About 1000 years after writing was invented and the kings of ancient Sumerian cities decided to set up Edubbas for training in the scribal art some scribes sought knowledge in how to prolong the life of kings and some kings wanted scribes to foretell the future. Seeking to put predictions about the future above question some scribes claimed special expertise based on their ability to examine and interpret the entrails of animals sacrificed to the gods. The source of empirical data used to attempt to forecast the future has changed but I am not sure that the connection to tripe has disappeared. So I can understand if some think that I am will say about the Caribbean in the future is tripe.