Self-Publishing Editors Jonathan Goodrich & Owen Everard James Discusses OUR STORY: Jamaica’s Visionary Experimental Secondary Classes 1954 – 1960

Editors Jonathan Goodrich & Owen Everard James are taking their latest book, OUR STORY: Jamaica’s Visionary Experimental Secondary Classes 1954 – 1960 on tour – a Virtual Book Tour, that is, with Outskirts Press! Technology has created a wide variety of ways to reach audiences all over the world. All it takes is a little thinking outside the box, and nowadays you can market a self-published book in a variety of affordable and impactful ways. Virtual book tours, for example, are a great way to connect with readers from all corners of the globe, all from the comfort of your own home. Join Jonathan Goodrich & Owen Everard James and OUR STORY: Jamaica’s Visionary Experimental Secondary Classes 1954 – 1960 as they appear in features and interviews (such as the one below) in the weeks and months ahead!

Luckily for us, Jonathan Goodrich & Owen Everard James were kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the minds of the Editors of OUR STORY: Jamaica’s Visionary Experimental Secondary Classes 1954 – 1960.


OP: Tell us a little bit about OUR STORY: Jamaica’s Visionary Experimental Secondary Classes 1954 – 1960. What is it about?

Owen: The most visionary intervention in the policies & practices of secondary education in the history of Jamaica. Its purpose was to provide the children of poor families equal opportunity for access to secondary education. Children from selected elementary and all-age schools were allowed to sit the internationally recognized Senior Cambridge/GCE examinations while attending their elementary schools.

OP: Why did you decide to write this story?

Owen: Although the success rate of the intervention surpassed that of nearly all of the traditional, elite secondary schools, the narrative of the history of secondary education in Jamaica does not reference either the existence or the remarkable success of the visionary Experimental Classes.

OP: How did you get your book published?

Owen: After much investigation, Outskirts Press was chosen to publish the book.

OP: What types of readers would be interested in this story?

Owen: Those generally interested in education but more particularly readers with an interest in developing countries as well as policy makers in universities and government in such countries.

OP: What is special about your book?

Owen: It is the only documented history of the existence and outcomes of the visionary, experimental intervention in Jamaica’s system of secondary education. The book uniquely reveals the fact that the intervention of 70 years earlier instigated what has become known as Jamaica’s New Deal in Education.

OP: What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

Owen: The book tells the previously unknown story of an important aspect of Jamaica’s system of secondary education while simultaneously presenting insights into Jamaica’s socio-political climate and its relevance to education policy & practice immediately preceding and following national Independence in 1962.

OP: Have you published any other books?

Owen: Goodrich has published three books; James has published four books.

OP: Do you plan to publish more?

Owen: Perhaps!

OP: Thanks for your time, Owen! We look forward to learning more about you as you visit other bloggers!

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