Conceived as a practical, accessible, “How to” book, The Bilingual Revolution is the story of a movement told through the eyes of parents and educators who founded dual language programs in their schools. All share the belief that bilingual education is a public good that 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 phenomenon is emerging, with three objectives. First, to embrace families’ and communities’ own cultures and promote their linguistic heritages as important parts of our society’s greater international mosaic. Second, to help facilitate community re-engagement with public schools. And third, to promote a social, economic, and cultural sense of community and help bridge gaps that continue to divide us to this day.
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. With the involvement of educators and families at all levels, these programs transform schools and empower communities in unprecedented ways. 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 through vignettes of parents and educators who created free, high-quality bilingual programs, and inspired others to do the same. 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, bi-literate, multicultural citizens of the world.
The book will inspire and engage individuals who seek to create their own bilingual programs. Being bilingual can become the new norm, and it starts with our youth. A bilingual revolution has started, and it is for the common good.
Bilingual education is a great public good that ought to be developed everywhere, as it can positively transform a child, a family, a school, a community, and even a country. It is with this belief and with the conviction that parents can make a difference that I share this book in the hope that more bilingual programs will sprout in schools around the world.
– Fabrice Jaumont
The book stands on the edge of the nascent bilingual revolution running through the U.S. school system
—Conor Williams, New America’s Education Policy Program
A “how to” manual for setting up your own bilingual school and in so doing creating your own revolution.
—Dr. Ellen Bialystok, Chair in Lifespan Cognitive Development, York University
This masterpiece will be indispensable for parents and educational leaders in the USA and abroad.
—Bill Rivers, Joint National Committee on Languages – National Council for Language & International Studies
The Bilingual Revolution is must-read for every parent, every teacher, every administrator interested in creating and supporting best dual language programs for the 21st Century.
—Marcelo Suárez-Orozco, Dean of Education, UCLA
[This] powerful book…shows how empowering multilingual education can be for our youth, showcasing a very promising trend in the United States.
—Bruno Bich, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, BIC Group
About the author
Nicknamed the “Godfather of Language immersion programs” by the New York Times in 2014, Fabrice Jaumont has more than 25 years of experience in international education and in the development of multilingual programs. He has put his expertise directly at the service of the French, Italian, Japanese, German and Russian communities of the United States by helping them to develop quality bilingual programs in their local public schools.
The Bilingual Revolution, the Future of Education is in Two Languages, by Fabrice Jaumont
Publisher: TBR Books | www.tbr-books.com
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
French version also available: La Révolution bilingue, le futur de l’éducation s’écrit en deux langues
Upcoming Translations: Spanish, Japanese, Arabic, Italian, German, Polish, Chinese, Russian.