and more of those who were previously excluded.
The socialist NW and Michael Manley are clapping in heaven. This is what they struggled for. For, not least of JC’s accolades is that of being the only existing school which can boast a national hero among its alumni.
Improvement of infrastructure in our schools is an important objective, but the ongoing challenge for the entire educational system is the transformation of character.
Since schools by default have become the premier institutions of character formation, given the weakness of families, churches and communities, it is up to good partners like those at JC to spend more time and resources going forward on forming ‘men for others’, strong in civic and religious conviction and convinced of the need to form faithful and committed relationships.
Far removed from the exclusionary elitism of the past, Jamaica College can now set the example of a new elitism of virtue – to match scholastic and vocational competencies and prowess in sport.
And what a powerful model that would be for emulation. What a memorial tribute to the slain Nicholas Forbes and what a gift to a nation struggling with the mortal illness of declining social capital!
NO JAMAICAN leader, not even Garvey, has so incarnated the yearning and struggle for freedom and equality among the people of South America and the Caribbean as Fidel Castro. Those of contrarian views, like this writer, would probably not have survived under his regime. But his commitment to effective
and health care in Cuba, as well as his support for anti-imperialism and against minority rule internationally, were measures of his greatness.
Jamaicans continue to benefit substantially from Cuban solidarity and most of our people appreciate this and will mourn his death. Recall the unprecedented roar of welcome throughout Kingston when Fidel came unannounced to Michael’s funeral. It is to our national credit that while others shied away, Jamaica recognised Cuba diplomatically and has decried the unjust United States embargo every year at the United Nations as well as through local parliamentary resolution.