As explained earlier, personalismo is important and Puerto
Ricans value it as a way of communicating in a harmonious
manner. This has implications for teachers of Puerto Rican
students if the teacher truly desires to make the parent a
“partner” in the education of the student. The
Puerto Rican parent is more likely to be a “partner”
if the professional (teacher, therapist, etc.) uses a respectful,
personal approach and includes the parent in a participatory
not generally come to school to advocate for their children.
This does not mean there is lack of concern or caring.
expected to come to school for a variety of reasons including
parent’s night, volunteer activities and school
not generally bring an advocate or question a teacher
or administrator’s decisions. They may bring an
interpreter to translate.
||It is not
uncommon to bring professional advocates to special education
evaluation meetings and to question the school administrators’
in English or through an interpreter, parents will give
elaborate background information before getting to the
dialogue is generally very direct and conscious of time