By: Juan M. Perez Santiago
Social problems surrounding the University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez, also known as the Colegio, were discussed on Thursday Feb. 7, 2013 at the nursing’s amphitheater located inside the campus.
Fernando Picó, a history professor at the University of Puerto Rico-Río Piedras, conducted a conference that compared today’s social problems with a tale called La Universidad Sin Entorno. The tale is about a Guaynabito student that has to learn the hard way how to adapt from a private school to a public one after his father lost his job.
“We can’t learn to swim if we don’t throw ourselves into the water” Picó said. The education system in Puerto Rico (PR) had declined on the last decade due to a weak economy and a lack of planning from the PR government.
“I really like the story of La Universidad Sin Entorno because every description that Pico told us about the Guaynabito student was very familiar with my life as a University student” said Mayra F. Perez, a psychology student at the Colegio.
The professor promoted a “necessary accompaniment” as a possible solution to a lot of students lacking the knowledge skills to finish a career. He has distinguished himself by his total dedication to the cause of the less fortunate and the study of the history of Puerto Rico.
Pico was interviewed by few students and he answered with a lot of confidence and respect, something you can expect from a professional with his experience.
Born on Santurce August 15, 1941 Picó was raised from a humble family. He has distinguished himself by his total dedication to the cause of the less fortunate and the study of the history of Puerto Rico.
His book General History of Puerto Rico is a must in a PR history course. For his dedication and commitment as a historian he is a perfect example for newer historians in the island.