I just heard an interesting, albeit brief, report on NPR about the relative GDP of Jamaica and Barbados, and the direct correlations in both cases with their education systems.
These island nations have a lot in common... people, history, both were part of the British Empire, both are parliamentary democracies, etc. Notice I didn't list economy.
At independence, Jamaica took on a heavy load of debt. Barbados did not. This has had commensurate effects on the ongoing economies, GDP's and education systems of each.
I don't write this so much to make a particular point, other than to remind us all how very important our visits are to our Jamaican homes. Its not only important to the resorts and their staffs; we are vitally important to the island's transport system, service industries, commercial endeavors and small business people, along with their employees (and their families).
So remember this when you are home on the beach. Your presence and the money you spend DOES make a difference to the very core of Jamaica... its children and their future.