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January 5, 2023

An Old Idea 

An Act of the United States Congress to Close the Achievement Gap with Accountability, Flexibility, and Choice, so that No Child Is Left Behind.

Also known as the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB), this law reflected an initiative taken two centuries earlier in England. Just fifteen years after the United States War of Independence, a young man in Britain established the first model school. 

The following Q&A relates that prototype to model schools in the Caribbean.

What is a model school?

It is a school organized as an example of best practice in education, for training teachers to use methods they learn there.

Such a school modelled the "norms" of teaching.

Teachers at a model school themselves attended what came to be known as a "normal school," planned alongside the model school. The aim was to make quality education standard and available to all.

Was there a model school in the Caribbean?

Yes. A model school would have been part of the first normal school in the English-speaking Americas.

Opened in Kingston, Jamaica, it was one of the three earliest normal schools in the English-speaking world. It opened as the Mico Institution. Soon renamed Mico Teachers College, it developed into Mico University.

Was it only one model school in the Caribbean?

The Mico Institution was among hundreds of schools opened in the Caribbean in the immediate post-emancipation era.

Other Mico centres for teacher training emerged in Antigua and St Lucia.

The Governor of Trinidad and Tobago created a variant of the Mico model school.

Later development of model schools in the region anticipated effort to have no child left behind in the age of independence.


Which, conceivably, is the most underdeveloped model school in the region?

British colonial subjects and after, first generation, post-independence West Indians created a phenomenon in cricket. Given the immense pride regional cricket teams generated, it is notable that no leader has brought together persons who coached those early players in a model school.

At the formative level of junior, teen and youth cricket, however, the continuing absence of cricket in schools' curricula says much about the untapped potential of former British West Indian colonies.

At the highest level, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles is founder and Director of the CLR James Centre for Cricket Research at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, and a former member of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB). He founded and became the inaugural Chairman of the High Performance Cricket Academy of the WICB, close equivalent to an indigenous model school.

Which was, or possibly is the ultimate model school in the region?

As the answer immediately above suggests, it will be possible to understand the answer to this question only after thoughtful study of the course of the last four centuries in the Caribbean. Courses at modelschool.live promise to clarify that answer.

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