Is it Still 1984? Reflections of a Untrained and Unqualified Teacher

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“Thirty years ago this month, I began my career in education. With a group of Boston College (BC) graduates, I moved to Kingston, Jamaica to teach, for $90 a month, at Campion College. I was 22.

Jamaica changed my life trajectory. I stayed in education. I developed a strong professional identity as a teacher, which I retain to this day. I finally learned about education and what good teaching involves and what good teachers do.

Is it still 1984?

In so much of the globe, it is still 1984. When I watch 14-year old girls in Baluchistan, with nothing more than a switch and a piece of chalk, try to instruct 60 first graders, I see myself at 22 in Jamaica…”

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