Why bilingual education, now, more than ever?

Multilingual Students

Why must schools embrace bilingual education now, more than ever?  Between 1998 and 2002 three U.S. states passed laws limiting and prohibiting bilingual education for students.  This trend is now reversing as our globalizing world and the need for a multilingual population has become more apparent to all of us.  As Wright, Boun, & Garcia (2015) report in The Handbook of Bilingual and Multilingual Education, "..bilingual and multilingual education is alive and well and expanding.  Indeed, in a world with only 196 'nation states' but over 7,000 named spoken languages (Lewis, Simons, & Fennig, 2013), bilingual and multilingual education is essential.  As García (2009) has argued, in the 21st Century "bilingual education, in all its complexities and forms, seems to be the only way to educate as the world moves forward' (p.6)."  

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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