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Salomone, Rosemary C
True American : language, identity, and the education of immigrant children / Rosemary C. Salomone
Alternate Title Language, identity, and the education of immigrant children
Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2010
book jacket
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 4th Floor  LC3731 .S24 2010    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Immigrant children -- Education -- United States
Immigrant children -- United States -- Language
Immigrant children -- United States -- Ethnic identity
Education, Bilingual -- United States
Bilingualism -- United States
Language and education -- United States
Americanization
Subject United States -- Ethnic relations
United States -- Emigration and immigration
Physical Description xii, 306 p. ; 25 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [243]-289) and index
Contents The symbolic and the salient -- Americanization past -- The new immigrants -- Language, identity, and belonging -- Rights, ambivalence, and ambiguities -- Backlash -- More wrongs than rights -- Setting the record straight -- Looking both ways -- A meaningful education
Review "In this book, Rosemary Salomone uses the heated debate over how best to educate immigrant children as a way to explore what national identity means in an age of globalization, transnationalism, and dual citizenship. She demolishes popular myths - that bilingualism impedes academic success, that English is under threat in contemporary America, that immigrants are reluctant to learn English, or that the ancestors of today's assimilated Americans had all to gain and nothing to lose in abandoning their family language." "She lucidly reveals the little-known legislative history of bilingual education, its dizzying range of meanings in different schools, districts, and states, and the difficulty in proving or disproving whether it works - or defining it as a legal right." "In eye-opening comparisons, Salomone suggests that the simultaneous spread of English and the push toward multilingualism in western Europe offer economic and political advantages from which the U.S. could learn. She argues eloquently that multilingualism can and should be part of a meaningful education and responsible national citizenship in a globalized world."--BOOK JACKET

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