Conceived as a practical, accessible "how to" guide, The Bilingual Revolution is the story of a movement to bring dual language education to public schools told through the eyes of founding parents and educators. These pioneering mothers, fathers, teachers, and principals share the belief that bilingual education can positively transform a child, a school, a community, and even a country.
Although the roots of bilingual education in the United States can be traced back to the 17th century, a new push to embrace heritage languages, produce bilingual global citizens, and create a cultural sense of community is taking the education sector by storm. New York City provides the backdrop for the book, where parents have fought for access to various bilingual public school programs from preschool to high school. Similar programs have developed in hundreds of cities in the United States and around the world.
The Bilingual Revolution tells the story of successes and setbacks of parents and educators through vignettes that yield practical advice. In their diversity, these portraits paint a picture of a viable 21st-century solution to preserve linguistic heritage and to raise a generation of young bilingual, biliterate, multicultural citizens of the world. The book will inspire and engage readers who want to create their own bilingual programs.
Being bilingual can become the new norm and it starts with our youth and our education systems. A bilingual revolution for the common good is already underway.
About the Author
Table of Contents
Foreword by Ofelia Garcia: Bilingual Education: Making a U-Turn with Parents and Communities
Introduction: The Call to Action
Chapter 1: The Willpower of Parents: Yes, You Can…
Chapter 2: Changing the Landscape: Brooklyn’s First Japanese Program
Chapter 3: Summoning the Community: Three Attempts for One Italian Program
Chapter 4: Strategic Minds: The Story of the German Dual Language Initiative
Chapter 5: A Tale of Two Boroughs: Russian in Harlem and Brooklyn
Chapter 6: The Domino Effect: Multiplying French Programs
Chapter 7: Overcoming Prejudice: The City’s Arabic Dual Language Programs
Chapter 8: Celebrating Culture:The Polish Community’s Dual Language Program
Chapter 9: Paving the Way: The Pioneers of Spanish Dual Language Education
Chapter 10: High Achievers: High School for Dual Language & Asian Studies
Chapter 11: The Roadmap to Creating Your Own Dual Language Program
Chapter 12: Why Dual Language Education Is Good for Your Child
Chapter 13: Bilingual Education Today: Know Before You Go
Conclusion: The Future of Education is in Two Languages
The Roadmap (abridged)