Puerto Rico Governor Luis Fortuño has signed new legislation that makes the values of the Tus Valores Cuentan program a permanent part of the curriculum of the Puerto Rico Department of Education.
The new amendment (No. 149 to amend article 3.03) requires that universal values such as trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship are part of the formal school curriculum. The values should be imparted by directors, teachers and school personnel “with the goal of obtaining values-integrated education, developing positive character attributes and social emotional strategies that are fundamental for daily life.”
Governor Fortuño officially signed the new legislation on Tuesday at a back-to-school event at the Jose R. Barreras School, a Tus Valores Cuentan school in the Unibón de Morovis neighborhood. The school was also celebrating its re-inauguration after undergoing an extensive renovation that has dramatically improved its science and technology departments. “With the signing of this law, we are setting the foundation to enable the Tus Valores Cuentan program to expand,” said Fortuno. Tus Valores Cuentan will be integrated into 500 public schools in Puerto Rico for the coming year.
Fortuño discussed the success of the Tus Valores Cuentan program, citing a recent study done by the University of Iowa of Tus Valores Cuentan schools. The study found that 90 percent of parents found improvements in their child’s motivation to learn. Eighty-five percent of parents believed that the state of their child’s education had improved, and 91 percent said their child’s desire to go to college increased. The results were based on a survey of over 50,000 parents. The study also included a survey of students, teachers and school directors that yielded similarly positive results in overall academic engagement, reduced incidents of bullying and fighting and increased attendance.
“When we are able to successfully integrate values in the lessons and daily activities, the results are felt throughout all aspects of the school environment,” said Fortuño. “We’ve seen how this program has changed lives.”
For more information on the Tus Valores Cuentan program, visit here.