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Developing the 'Archer Method'

Published:Friday | February 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM


When Malcolm Gladwell, the writer, explained that it took 10,000 hours to create an expert, he must have been speaking of a person like Glen Archer, now of blessed memory. Reverend Archer demonstrated his mastery in the making of champion spellers, school football teams, and had a profound understanding of what makes a Jamaican believe in him or herself. This represented a fantastic use of his God-given talent, and it should be organised as his legacy for future generations.

Imagine if we had the 'Archer Method' copyrighted for people all over the world? It took a Bahamian to describe Rev Archer as a genius. As Jamaicans, we have a problem acknowledging excellence and talent within ourselves. The detractors should now be silent and we should find a way to provide resources for thousands of young Jamaicans and people all over the world.

The intellectual property of this man should be recognised, and Ardenne High School and The Gleaner should collaborate on the development of this world-beating system. He had also trained successors who could continue the work even as he lay on his deathbed. There should be books written and films made about the ability of those trained to win the Scripps Howard competition and place in the top five in competition regularly.

His sacrifice must be acknowledged, remembered, and developed to create the financial resources which were not realised during his lifetime. All the persons who he trained should come together to do something wonderful. This is the kind of Jamaican who represents the best of us.

Hilary Robertson-


Mona School of Business

UWI Mona