Conceived as a practical, accessible, “How to” book, The Bilingual Revolution, the Future of Education is in Two Languages 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
Foreword by Ofelia García
Ofelia García, Professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and world-renowned expert in bilingual education, wrote the book’s foreword, “Bilingual Education, Making a U-Turn with Parents and Communities:”
Usually books on bilingual education are for teachers and little attention has been previously paid to how families can act to ensure that American public schools develop bilingual education programs for their children. The most important story told by Fabrice Jaumont in this book is that of the desire of American families to have their children schooled bilingually, in English, but also in a language that has deep connections to them.
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
Dr. Fabrice Jaumont played a leadership role in this grassroots movement and he has just written a book about it. The Bilingual Revolution describes what happened and gives the necessary ingredients for those who plan to start a [dual-language] program. – François Grosjean for Psychology Today
Fabrice Jaumont’s book is about education and the teaching of foreign languages in the American school systems. […] It is also about cultures, ancestries, foreign roots, identities, and above all, how they manifest through languages. At its heart, this book is a love letter to the preservation of linguistic diversity. –Frederic Colier for The Epoch Times
In his work, The Bilingual Revolution, Fabrice Jaumont encourages students’ parents to petition their local authorities, approach schools, and create dual-language programs in their neighborhoods. It seems the “bilingual revolution” will be fought by families. –France-Amérique
Over the years, Fabrice Jaumont has coached parents, both Francophone and others, to participate in the “bilingual revolution” in the New York public schools. Now, he’s releasing a book about his experiences. –French Morning
Inspiring for any multi-linguistic family, “The Bilingual Revolution” opens the door to a greater conversation: the necessity for the school of tomorrow to be an environment that promotes the use of more than one language. –Talk The Talk Blog
The Bilingual Revolution, the Future of Education is in Two Languages, by Fabrice Jaumont
Publisher: TBR Books
Publication Date: September 5, 2017
Formats: Paperback, hardcover, eBook and audiobook.