The University of New Mexico Press has published a new book tracing the complex history of bilingual education in the “Land of Enchantment.”
The Shoulders We Stand On, edited by Rebecca Blum-Martinez and Mary Jean Habermann López, traces the complex history of bilingual education in New Mexico, covering Spanish, Diné, and Pueblo languages. The book focuses on the formal establishment of bilingual education infrastructure and looks at the range of contemporary challenges facing the educational environment today. The book’s contributors highlight particular actions, initiatives, and people that have made significant impacts on bilingual education in New Mexico, and they place New Mexico’s experience in context with other states’ responses to bilingual education. The book also includes an excellent timeline of bilingual education in the state. The Shoulders We Stand On is the first book to delve into the history of bilingual education in New Mexico and to present New Mexico’s leaders, families, and educators who have pioneered program development, legislation, policy, evaluation, curriculum development, and teacher preparation in the field of bilingual multicultural education at state and national levels. Historians of education, educators, and educators in training will want to consider this as required reading.
Rebecca Blum-Martinez is a professor of bilingual education and ESL in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Studies in the University of New Mexico’s College of Education.
Mary Jean Habermann López was the state director for state and federal bilingual education at the New Mexico Public Education Department for most of her professional career. She also has extensive classroom and university teaching experience