What’s Happening in Bilingual Brains?
There are bonuses beyond just speaking two languages. While some decades-old science indicated that bilingual kids underperformed in school, new research suggests the methodology was flawed. Dual-language classrooms are increasing nationwide, and California’s passage of Proposition 58 last month will expand bilingual education in the state with the most English-language learners. While cognitive advantages were only seen in 17 percent of studies last year, the sum of effects was positive: Research shows bilingual learning correlates to improved reading skills, higher test scores and even a decreased risk of dementia.