what do you think about ebonics being taught in the school system
Anonymous said:what do you think about ebonics being taught in the school system
angbabie said:I think (or I hope) that the question he meant to ask was, "Should Ebonics be a teaching tool in schools?" No school board has ever suggested teaching Ebonics to anyone in a sense that one teaches a foreign language. School boards like the famous Oakland, CA, school board and one in Michigan have suggested that familiarizing teachers with AAVE (African American Vernacular English) so that they can teach Standard American English (SAE) in a compare/contrast method will improve AAVE speakers' abilities to compete in all areas of life. If an AAVE speaker is taught that his way of speaking is not bad and that SAE is different and here's why, he will understand his math teacher, his science teacher, his boss at work, his university professors, and his employees later in life. Without a compare/contrast method and with a teacher who is misinformed (who thinks, for example, that AAVE is simply lazy or stupid English), an AAVE speaker will not do as well in life. After all, AAVE is a language with rules of its own.
Quoting Professor John Rickford of Stanford University, "The single biggest mistake people make about AAVE is dismissing it as careless, or lazy speech, where anything goes. As with all spoken languages, AAVE is extremely regular, rule-governed, and systematic." (http://www.stanford.edu/~rickford/ebonics/EbonicsExamples.html)