Faculty Book: Ofelia García
Lesley Bartlett and Ofelia García
Additive Schooling in Subtractive Times: Bilingual Education and Dominican Immigrant Youth in the Heights
(Vanderbilt University Press, 2011)
Based on four and a half years of qualitative research, this book documents the unusually successful efforts of one New York City high school to educate Dominican immigrant youth, at a time when Latino immigrants constitute a growing and vulnerable population in the nation’s secondary schools. The staff at Gregorio Luperon High School see their students as emergent bilinguals and adhere to a culturally and linguistically additive approach, although educational reforms and accountability measures have complicated the school’s efforts. Focusing on the lives of twenty immigrant youths, Bartlett and Garcia also show that, although the school achieves high completion rates, the graduating students face difficult postsecondary educational and work environments that too often consign them to the ranks of the working poor. Ofelia García is professor of Hispanic and Luso-Brazilian literatures and languages and urban education at the Graduate Center.
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Submitted on: AUG 29, 2011