Creating Tropical Yankees: Social Science Textbooks and U.S. by Jose-Manuel Navarro

By Jose-Manuel Navarro

First released in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa corporation.

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Thus, they indicated that they had gone to Puerto Rico for the purpose of making a complete investigation of all civil matters pertaining to the welfare of this island, with the intention of proposing such modifications, changes, and reforms as may be considered necessary to secure to the people of Porto Rico in the most ample measure all the blessings which are now enjoyed by the people of the United States. "? "9 Illiteracy, the commissioners reported, abounded. "l1 The fault for such illiteracy, the commissioners believed, lay in Spain's educational policy, a refrain which was to be heard frequently during the next ten years.

S. authorities deemed it inadequateY TEXTBOOKS USED BY THE SPANISH AUTHORITIES, 1885-1898 Elementary and secondary school textbooks used in Puerto Rico during the decade immediately preceding the occupation of the Island by the United States Army on July 25, 1898 followed the pattern described by Osuna for the decades from 1820-1865; textbooks were written in a catechetical style, and lacked uniformity. Teachers, in fact, used a variety of textbooks to teach the same subject. Since rote learning was the order of the day, a student who memorized his particular teacher's text and, then, moved to another town or school, now had to memorize the new teacher's textbook.

Boys were admitted after successfully passing an elementary examination. Tuition was free; the provincial assembly paid all costs. S. authorities deemed it inadequateY TEXTBOOKS USED BY THE SPANISH AUTHORITIES, 1885-1898 Elementary and secondary school textbooks used in Puerto Rico during the decade immediately preceding the occupation of the Island by the United States Army on July 25, 1898 followed the pattern described by Osuna for the decades from 1820-1865; textbooks were written in a catechetical style, and lacked uniformity.

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