Thursday, August 4, 2022
REPORT: San Salvador Island tourism-based island economy is constantly under threat of climate change impacts such as submergence of coral reefs, flooding of coastal lowlands, loss of marine and terrestrial biodiversity, and destruction of cultural heritage sites
Monday, July 25, 2022
It is possible to substantially improve the quality of education for all while focusing on the students who need it the most
All members of society benefit from improving the educational outcomes of all of our children
Does Educational Support for Struggling Students Also Benefit High Achievers?
From Research Insights - IDB
Figure 1 plots the relationship between end-of- the-year literacy and math scores of non-eligible students and the share of low achievers before the intervention, in the control schools only.
We compared the test scores of higher-achieving students after one academic year, finding substantially greater achievement across the board in treated schools - compared to control schools. In treatment schools where there were tutoring activities, higher-achieving students outperformed similar students in control schools by 0.108 of a standard deviation. This coefficient is sizable and represents roughly 30 percent of the treatment effect on the eligible students (low achievers). For both literacy and math, average achievement decreases monotonically with the share of low-achieving students.
We also estimated the effect of peers’ contemporaneous outcomes on high achievers and found strong evidence of peer effects on academic outcomes. Our results imply that a one-standard- deviation increase in peers’ contemporaneous test scores increases individual reading scores by 0.679 of a standard deviation.
Our findings suggest that policies looking to support the bottom of the achievement distribution have the potential to generate social-multiplier effects for all students, providing a strong rationale that underscores why all members of society can benefit from improving the educational outcomes of only some. It is possible to substantially improve the quality of education for all while focusing on the students who need it the most.
Monday, July 18, 2022
Economist Herman Daly says, In ecological economics, we’ve tried to make a distinction between development and growth
"... When something grows, it gets bigger physically by accretion or assimilation of material. When something develops, it gets better in a qualitative sense."
FROM THE BEGINNING OF MY CAREER AS AN ECONOMIST, I REJECTED THE DIVIDE BETWEEN GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT AS BEING MEANINGFUL!
Wednesday, July 13, 2022
...the Hemispheric Declaration on Migration and Protection of Migrants imposed by Washington at the Ninth Summit of the Americas "is an example of its racist, xenophobic and plundering vision of migrants. It does not address in any way the real causes of migration"
The regional approach to the issue of migration in The Americas by the United States denounced!
The fall of the world GDP, which is around 10%, plus poverty and inequality, will increase the migratory pressure... in 2021 alone, one out of every 88 inhabitants of the planet left their native country
Sunday, July 10, 2022
Bahamian Independence: Where is the Strategical Empowerment of the Average Bahamian?
BAHAMIANS - TO BE INDEPENDENT OR NOT INDEPENDENT, THAT IS THE QUESTION?
After forty-nine years, are we living in true freedom or are we living a perception of what we think is liberty? Think on these things!
Friday, July 1, 2022
Paul Rolle Falls on His Sword in the Execution of His Moral Duties and Responsibilities as Commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police Force - RBPF
An open to Mr. Paul Rolle, former Commissioner of the Royal Bahamas Police – RBPF
Paul Rolle Fell on His Sword
Saturday, June 25, 2022
The Bahamas Cannabis Industry is in The Making
Cannabis Industry in The Bahamas is On The Agenda...
Attorney General, Senator Ryan Pinder Outlines The Bahamas Government’s 2022/2023 Legislative Agenda in the Senate
This legislation is internationally benchmarked against the countries around the world in the industry. The framework will be for the regulation of the medical Cannabis industry from the farm to the border, and will also provide a separate regulatory framework for industrial hemp, for wellness products and for pure industrial uses such as clothing, rope and building materials made from hemp.
We will also provide a framework for the de-criminalization of possession of small amounts of Cannabis products,” he said.