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    Symposium: Fact and Fiction: Stories of Puerto Ricans in U.S. Schools

    Sonia Nieto
    Puerto Rican communities have been a reality in many northeastern urban centers for over a century. Schools and classrooms have felt their presence through the Puerto Rican children attending school. The education of Puerto Ricans in U.S. schools has been documented for about seventy years, but in spite of numerous commissions, research reports, and other studies, this history is largely unknown to teachers and the general public. In addition to the research literature, a growing number of fictional accounts in English are providing another fertile avenue for understanding the challenges that Puerto Ricans have faced, and continue to face, in U.S. schools. In this article, Sonia Nieto combines the research on Puerto Rican students in U.S. schools with the power of the growing body of fiction written by Puerto Ricans. In this weaving of "fact" with "fiction," Nieto hopes to provide a more comprehensive and more human portrait of Puerto Rican students. Based on her reading of the literature in both educational research and fiction, Nieto suggests four interrelated and contrasting themes that have emerged from the long history of stories told about Puerto Ricans in U.S. schools: colonialism/resistance, cultural deficit/cultural acceptance, assimilation/identity, and marginalization/ belonging. Nieto's analysis of these four themes then leads her to a discussion of the issue of care as the missing ingredient in the education of Puerto Ricans in the United States.

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    Summer 1998 Issue


    Richard Dobles, Jose Antonio Segarra
    Ricardo Dobles, Jose Antonio Segarra
    Symposium: Fact and Fiction: Stories of Puerto Ricans in U.S. Schools
    Sonia Nieto
    Symposium: Nationalist Ideologies, Neighborhood-Based Activism, and Educational Spaces in Puerto Rican Chicago
    Ana Y. Ramos-Zayas
    Symposium: Bilingual Education for Puerto Ricans in New York City: From Hope to Compromise
    Sandra Del Valle
    Symposium: "Staging Encounters": The Educational Decline of U.S. Puerto Ricans in [Post]-Colonial Perspective
    Catherine E. Walsh
    Symposium: Memorias de una Vida de Obra (Memories of a Life of Work): An Interview with Antonia Pantoja
    Wilhelmina Perry

    Book Notes

    Revolutionary Multiculturalism
    By Peter McLaren

    Anything but Mexican
    By Rodolfo F. Acuña

    Education for Extinction
    By David Wallace Adams

    The Other Struggle for Equal Schools
    By Rubén Donato

    The Changing Curriculum
    By Ivor F. Goodson

    Personas Mexicanas
    By James Diego Vigil

    Many Families, Many Literacies
    Edited by Denny Taylor

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