In the newly published book, The Bilingual Revolution, Dr. Fabrice Jaumont contends that bilingual education is the future of American education, as evidenced by the hard-fought battle of some New York City parents. They lobbied and argued for bilingual education for their children. "Convinced that bilingual education is a public good that should be offered to all students, these pioneers illustrate how these programs can positively transform a community, a school, and even a country. The book doubles as a “how to” manual for setting up your own bilingual school and, in so doing, launching your own revolution."
Dr. François Grosjean interviewed the author in his blog, Life as a Bilingual and Jaumont offers some interesting insights. "Like these parents, I am convinced that bilingual education is a universal good that should be offered to all students. These pioneers illustrate how these programs can positively transform a child, a family, a school, a community, and even a country." Jaumont is the father of two bilingual and biliterate daughters who attend NYC public schools with a bilingual program. "I am deeply attached to the concept of dual-language education as a way to both sustain a cultural heritage and acquire a second language."
Dr. Grosjean's bio is below, and I encourage you to read his blog post as well.
-Mary Bridget Burns