Date of Graduation

Winter 2017

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in Education

Major

Intervention Specialist for Mild/Moderate Educational Needs

Research Sponsor

Timothy Lillie

First Reader

Michael Dunbar

Second Reader

Bridgie A Ford

Abstract

How we educate our youth is something that is constantly changed and altered in order to achieve greatness. Throughout the Caribbean there are countries with significantly lower educational "greatness", leading to significantly high poverty and illiteracy rates. This literature review seeks to compare and contrast three countries in the Caribbean -- Haiti, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic -- and analyze how they educate their youth both with and without disabilities. It is found that Haiti is both the poorest, and has the least educated population. Haiti also has the fewest number of government funded and regulated schools (Dupoux, Wolman, & Estrada, 2005). None of the countries serve students with disabilities well. Some have policies in place, but no real way to ensure completion. Both Haiti and the Dominican Republic have poor educational facilities, inadequate supplies, and under-trained teachers. In order for children of all ages and a abilities to receive the education necessary to thrive and bring change for the future in all three countries, but especially in Haiti, education needs to be both regulated and financially feasible.

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