Education Law Amended to Include Tus Valores Cuentan Values

Governor Luis Fortuno signs new education legislation with students from a Tus Valores Cuentan school in attendance.

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.

5 thoughts on “Education Law Amended to Include Tus Valores Cuentan Values”

  1. As the C.E.O. And founder of Choicecenter Leadership University, we have delivered Leadership courses to both Teens and adults since 1998, using an experiential methodology that raises EQ Emotional Intelligence. The single largest factor in determining success in LIFE! What a powerful message you have delivered in sharing this info & the difference I know you are making as an organization! Thank you!

  2. What an inspiring program and goal! Sure wish U.S. politicians and radio talk show hosts would reflect these values, particularly truthfulness and integrity, in their daily activities-both public and private!

  3. At Rhyming Resources we continue to write music and rhyming lyrics to address the critical need for emotional intelligence in the schools. Intentional commitment to values and character will provide students the resilience to pursue dreams and move on a clear path to achieve success.
    With passion it is our hope to foster greater goodness in each and every classroom. Thank you. Cheers to Puerto Rico!

  4. Puerto Rico has been trying to integrate values in their public school system since their education system first started, nevertheless, it is the first time that there has been a nation wide effort starting with the head governor and all other government agencies. It is commendable that the puertorrican people has come together for one purpose in mind: “What is best for our children”. We hope that as we mature as a nation, no matter what political changes take place, our nation will continue to teach, enforce, promote and model the six pillars of character.

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