The importance of a dual language education is not going unnoticed. More than ever before, schools and districts are realizing how beneficial a dual language education can be for both their students and communities, and beginning the conversation of implementing one in their district if desired; this has prompted parents to ask questions regarding such programs. Wayne Thomas and Virginia Collier, two esteemed advocates within the dual language community, hope to answer such questions in their new book Why Dual Language Schooling, explaining the basis of dual language programs and their unique benefits. The book holds the 'short version' as to why dual language education schooling works so well.
We wrote [Why Dual Language Schooling] thinking of school board members, superintendents, policymakers, and parents who want to get a picture in a fairly short time of how this particular form of schooling works - Collier and Thomas
The authors found that there are a core set of questions that are continuously asked by those who are not familiar with a dual language program, especially parents. Rather than have the districts or schools of the families holding these questions provide answers over and over again, Why Dual Language Schooling acts as a one-stop-shop for all answers that may be asked surrounding a dual language program.
Thomas and Collier have written many books regarding dual language schooling providing proof through research of the benefits that these programs provide for not only students and families, but communities. As a whole, their collective research is summed up concisely in their new book, in hopes that families will find answers to their questions and concerns within it.
The authors were requested by many districts to come visit and meet with communities to discuss dual language programs and answer any concerns that parents and community members may have; schools found that, psychologically speaking, questioning groups of people will believe the facts when heard from advocates like Thomas and Collier versus the school district. This notion acted as another reason and motivation to answer the commonly-asked questions in a simple format of a book.
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