[Just love these sorts of factoids . . What other group will tell you
who Dan Cutteridge was, and what calypso he was featured in and why?
. . . well, OK, the Caribbean Studies list . . . have a good,
calypso day . . . bp]
>Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2005 06:33:41 -0800
>Sender: Members of the Society for Caribbean Studies based in UK
>Subject: Re: Who is/was Dan Cutteridge?
>Quoting Sandra Courtman :
>> Dear Members,
>> I am using The Mighty Sparrow's 'Dan the Man' with students this week and
>> wondered if anyone could tell me who Dan Cutteridge was and why he was made
>> famous in Sparrow's song?
>> Yours in ignorance, and many thanks
> > Sandra
>Jennifer Lavia <J.Lavia@...> wrote:
>In the calypso "Dan is the Man" Sparrow was making a commentary on primary
>school texts that were written and prescribed for use in primary schools in
>Trinidad and Tobago by Captain J. O. Cutteridge who was a colonial Director of
>Education. Cutteridge was known for his forthright and authoritarian style of
>management and for his introduction of the infamous and
>Code of 1935.Cutteridge was the author of the West Indian Reader Series from
>which Sparrow took some of the verses and rhymes.
>For more on Cutteridge see:
>Carl Campbell (1992) Colony and Nation: A Short History of Education
>and Tobago. Kingston: Ian Randle Publications Ltd.
>Carl Campbell (1997) Endless Education: Main Currents in the
>Education System of
>Modern Trinidad and Tobago 1939-1986. Jamaica: The Press, University of the
>Hope this is helpful.
>Dr Jennifer M. Lavia,
>University of Sheffield,
>School of Education
>388 Glossop Road,
>Sheffield, S10 2JA
>Tel: + 44 (0) 114 222 8097
>Fax: + 44 (0) 114 279 6236
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