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ERIC Number: ED103464
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Aug-1
Pages: 27
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Abaco: Education in an Isolated Community.
Bailey, John E., III; Siegmann, Diane
The people of the Abaco Islands could, but do not, have a meaningful educational system. Although there are many problems inherent in the physical distribution of students, which complicates transportation efforts and contributes to a high student-teacher ratio, the major problem stems from administrative educational policy and fund distribution. The Ministry of Education holds the power in the Abaconian educational system. This ministry perpetuates the rote learning process by emphasizing memorization rather than creative thinking processes, and it determines a rigid school curriculum which does not offer courses relevant to the Abaconian student, such as in the area of vocational training. Certification tests serve to measure student success, though few students progress to such a level. Factors contributing to low achievement are poor facilities, lack of educational materials, and inattention to student abilities and needs. Money allocated per pupil is extremely low, estimated in American dollars at $399.56 in 1970. The significance of this figure may be considered in conjunction with the probability that up to half of the educational funds go to administrative expenses. An alternative, open classroom, educational system is considered. (DEP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Bahamas