Dixon, C. R. (2022). Education for Liberation: Manley’s Education Reforms and the Teacher-Student Relationship in Postcolonial Jamaica. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.14418/wes01.1.2597
This work examines the education reforms implemented by Michael Manley and the PNP administration from 1972 to1980 and the impact these reforms have had on the teacher-student relationship in Jamaican classrooms. Beginning with a brief history of education in Jamaica, I look at how the role of the teacher has evolved and has been impacted by the reforms of the 1970s PNP government. I then analyze Manley’s political influence and philosophy as well as how they translated into his educational philosophy and education reforms. By relating Manley’s philosophy and intentions for reform to the impact and experiences of teachers in teachers’ colleges, I reimagine a pedagogical approach that takes into account Manley’s own visions for Jamaica and the educational needs of a postcolonial society.