Nouveaux livres d'André Girod:
"C'est mon Amérique aussi"
" Maires à la dérive ou dérives des maires?"
livre provocateur sur les mairies
Talk on book in the Chicago area
André Girod will present and sign his book
" French American class"
Book published in English
RedleadPress, Pittsburgh, USA
"French American class" by André Girod
André Girod narrates the fabulous adventure of the 10 year old French and American children, traveling to America or to France. The contact of the French children in elementary schools throughout the United States touched more than one million children and familiarize them with the French language and culture. At the time the French American class program was the most innovative and successful exchange program ever. More than 80 000 children participated in the incredible experience.
Book available on Amazon.com or http://redleadbooks.com/
The French-American Program was the subject of many articles in the national, regional and local newspapers in America and France. André Girod became in the 80/90 one of the most known and respected educator in America.
To order book link http://redleadbooks.com/frclitlowayt.html
What was said about the French American class:
« The book brought back only good memories. I am going to share the book with my daughter Betsy and my son George. Thank you for your thoughtfulness. »
George Voinovich, former Governor of Ohio and US Senator.
« It is with real pleasure that I see you have continued this long tradition of friendship to which we are proud between France and the United-States »
Nicolas Sarkozy, former French President
« For the children, the program is an adventure in learning both about themselves and about others. »
Dr Irving Miller, Superintendant, Homewood Illinois.
« I have admired your beliefs and risk-taking and perseverance to make French American Back to Back a meaningful and successful program for those who participated. »
Dr Alfreida Frost, Superintendant, Grosse Pointe, Michigan.
A souligner que dans les années 70/80 Barak Obama a travaillé comme animateur social dans les quartiers noirs de Chicago où travaillairt aussi André Girod pour son programme des classes franco-américaines. Les deux auraient pu se retrouver dans le bureau de la responsable des affaires sociales à la Mauirie de Chicago: Rosa Moore.
Read article in the Cedar Rapids Gazette:
More than 80,000 students participated in program
In the New York Times December 16
the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary school happened one week after the publication in the United States of the book : « French American class : It’s a long way to France ». The book relates the fabulous adventure of French and American fifth graders who participated in the French-American class program : spending three weeks for the French children in American elementary schools and for American children in French schools. André Girod the founder of the program had twice the opportunity to visit Newton and Sandy Hook School to see if the community and the school would be willing to participate. André Girod found Newton and its school the idyllic place to host French children. Hundreds and hundreds of small communities were selected throughout the United States for their peaceful environment and the enthusiasm of the school authorities and parents. In this school there could have been French children and the massacre could have hit French children as well. It is with great distress that the founder André Girod learned about this terrible event. He visited and worked with thousands of American elementary children : i twas his way to bring peace, joy and knowledge to elementary school children. What a shame that now elementary schools will be turned into fortresses to avoid any stranger.
The program had a long article and cover of ACTL magazine:
the most important magazine on foreign language teaching
André Girod was made " Honorary Citizen "
by many American cities
for his innovative and revolutionary program in the 70s/80s