Posts Categorized: For Educators

Next Steps in the Status Debate Explored at Harvard Forum

Influential Puerto Rican leaders discussed the future status of Puerto Rico at a Harvard Law School forum on Wednesday. The keynote address was given by the Honorable Juan R. Torruella, who serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.  In what he called his “Harvard pronouncement,” Judge Torruella advocated economic pressure to… Read more »

Reconsidering the Insular Cases at Harvard Law

On February 19th, Harvard Law School will present a conference on “Reconsidering the Insular Cases.” The featured keynote address will be by the Honorable Juan Torruella, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit: “The Insular Cases:  A Declaration of their Bankruptcy and My Harvard Pronouncement” The Insular Cases are a series of Supreme Court cases… Read more »

Understanding Puerto Rico: Classroom Discussion Questions – Language

PUERTO RICO REPORT offers discussion questions on the political status of Puerto Rico, a topic that confuses many people. Now, in our second collection of classroom discssion topics, we offer questions, answers, and resources on another complex issue: the language of Puerto Rico.

How Do U.S. Textbooks Portray Puerto Rico?

In 1983, the Coalition for Human and Civil Right Advocates studied the portrayal of Puerto Rico in U.S. textbooks and found that: The authors of these textbooks, both old and new, appear to have read exactly the same sources and books. Their accounts, offering minimal and generally misleading information, are virtually identical in every case. And in… Read more »

Puerto Rico: A Proud Tradition of Military Service

On July 18, 2012, Sgt. Jose J. Reyes, 24, of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico, sacrificed his life for his country in Afghanistan when a vehicle he was riding in was struck by an explosive device. The untimely death of Sgt. Reyes recalls the long tradition of honor and sacrifice by thousands of Puerto Ricans who have fought… Read more »

Bilingual Instruction Grows in Puerto Rico

Governor Fortuño is working toward a bold program of bilingual instruction in Puerto Rico’s schools, mandating coursework in both the island’s official languages for all courses except history. The program is currently in a dozen schools, and is expected to roll out into first grade classrooms in 31 more schools, reaching all of Puerto Rico’s… Read more »