The Puerto Rico Debt Syllabus is collection of links to articles, websites, and multimedia on Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. It was recently launched by the Unpayable Debt Working Group.It constitutes an impressive storehouse of references for teachers of geography, economics, digital literacy, and critical thinking.
The resources are divided into six groupings:
- HISTORICAL CONTEXT
- THE EXPLOSION OF THE DEBT CRISIS
- THE QUESTION OF SOVEREIGNTY
- INFRASTRUCTURE AND EVERYDAY CRISIS
- THE NEW GREAT MIGRATION
- RESISTANCE AND NEW IMAGINARIES
Each page lists articles, and often primary sources and multimedia as well. Both Spanish and English language resources are included.
There is also an extended bibliography of books that can give deeper understanding and greater context, as well as listings of relevant organizations. .
The authors welcome suggestions for additional resources. Their goal is to help people understand the connection between Puerto Rico’s history and the current debt crisis, and to draw attention to activist efforts to combat austerity as the primary solution to the crisis.
While some online syllabi of this kind include discussion questions, the Puerto Rico Syllabus is strictly a reading list. However, the curated collection will make it possible for educators to put together studies and classes on the subject much more easily than they otherwise could. The topic is one that is not covered in textbooks, and the syllabus provides access to a range of views and primary sources.
The authors intend to produce further syllabi on unpayable debt in other regions.
The articles below from the Puerto Rico Report represent a sample of our information about Puerto Rico’s debt crisis: