The Future of Education in the Dominican Republic: Opportunities and Challenges
Instead of an evaluation of the PDE, the work was conducted as an analysis of the evolution of the PDE to identify its achievements and strengths as well as its shortfalls and weaknesses and apply this experience in the design and implementation of future actions. The focus on the PDE is a methodological recourse that allows a great deal of specificity in the analysis of the contributing factors and obstacles encountered in the implementation of the PDE and the formulation of implications and recommendations, thus avoiding generalities of little or no value for future policy choices. In the end, however, we believe our contribution should not be limited to an evaluation of the PDE as process. Thus, while we use an analysis of the PDE as a methodological recourse, and we do make certain “process” suggestions, we also make some recommendations regarding the substantive nature of the reforms that are needed.
In order to carry out a profound analysis of the roots of the educational problems that have been affecting the Dominican Republic for many years, we applied an eclectic methodological approach that combines traditional empirical analysis with personal accounts of the most important events and conditions. Without the latter element of investigation, albeit informal,we would fall into the trap of a superficial and perfunctory analysis, leaving some critically relevant issues out of the picture simply because they could be controversial, a practice not acceptable in DevTech’s consulting ethics. Unfortunately, the history of public education in Dominican Republic is plagued by decisions and activities that are not entirely transparent to the general public and are conveniently omitted from the analysis of the pusillanimous investigator.