St Andrew High School 80th Anniversary Education Conference
Errol Miller June 2, 2006
- Delighted be to be invited to make a presentation at this Conference. When I went to Calabar students from St Andrew’s journeyed to Red Hills Road to do Physics in Sixth Form. Boys had a great incentive to do Physics, so I did Physics. My debut as Guess Speaker was age 27 at School Prize Giving of St Andrew’s High.
Mr Chairman, distinguished colleagues I am honoured to have the opportunity to deliver this keynote address on the occasion of your Annual General Meeting. The work of the various Family Planning Associations in the different Caribbean countries has been one of the success stories of the post-war period of the history of the region. Individually and collectively the affiliated associations deserve the highest commendation.
I am heartened by your choice of theme, the Caribbean Male. Permit me a personal comment. How can I forget the response when I first raised the issue of the Male in 1986. For the only time in my career, I was publicly ridiculed and lynched, intellectually, in a Seminar on the Mona Campus following the Aubrey Phillips Memorial Lecture and publication of Marginalisation of the Black Male? The data, interpretation, and experience of which I wrote were discounted. I offered no defense but simply continued with the work. To that point, I had been studying the issue for eight years while my detracting colleagues had raided the data for no longer than a week, in preparation for the Seminar. As far as I was concerned the phenomenon would not go away and, having created the frame of reference to identify the issue, people would come increasingly to see the substance of what was being said. That assessment has proved to be correct. A decade later little skepticism remains concerning the data and experience although some controversy remains concerning the interpretation. I am pleased to see that throughout the region this issue has now come to the fore and currently engage our collective attention. Continue reading
Keynote Address: The Changing Position of Men
Dr. Errol Miller Faculty of education, University of the West Indies
The Caribbean is part of the frontier of the transformation of societies everywhere, but we suffer from the Columbus Syndrome. Columbus was lost. He was in the West but thought he was in the East. And like him we are in front but think we are behind.
I am saying also that conventional Caribbean explanations of slavery, indentureship, plantations and colonialism are too colloquial to help us to fully understand the issue we are dealing with and advance our understanding very little. I am also taking the position that the alternative wisdom of advanced industrial countries and backward developing countries is part of the chauvinism of power in the world today. And what it obscures is that Caribbean Countries are really first world countries of lesser needs, and Caribbean people are very modern people indeed and we therefore have to understand ourselves in that way. Continue reading
Author: Errol Miller
The changing position of men in society is intimately interrelated to the breakdown of the traditional family, street children, women’s liberation, male marginalization and increasing violence in the home and on the streets. From the boardroom to the bedroom, from school to the workplace, from church to entertainment changes in gender roles and relationships are manifest. Invariably men’s traditional roles and relationships are challenged. Interestingly, these changes are often debated separately and in isolation by different interest groups. The approach taken here is to attempt to understand the changing position of men in the context of general societal transformation. Continue reading