Ebonics In Schools Essay

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Ebonics in Schools

Many black individuals have played their part in America's history. Has the Oakland School gone too far by wanting to teach a black slang language in school. In this paper, you will see the peoples, teachers, and the student's opinion as well as the Senate.
A lot of people are speaking out on the subject, especially actors.
Arsenio Hall replied to reporters “When I heard somebody from Oakland say the word genetic, on TV, I ran into the kitchen so I didn't have to be mad at anybody.” James McDaniel of ABC's NYPD Blue and S. Epatha Merkerson of NBC's
Law and Order described the Oakland School Board's decision on Ebonics as a distinct genetically based language (Shister, p.1). Civil Rights leader Jesse
Jackson defended …show more content…

Also, 64% of the students held back were African American, 71% of the African American
Males attended school on a regular basis, 19% of Senior African Americans did not graduate, and 80% of all students suspended were black (Shister, p.2).
While Ebonics rages as a hot topic in the spotlight of American media, so called Black English has played a quiet role in an Atlanta area school district for more than a decade. About 600 students in the Dekalb School District just east of Atlanta is taking a course known as “bi-dialectal communication.” In
Dekalb County Ebonics is not considered a language, but a dialect. Specifically, it's appropriate for the classroom. The course focuses on more than just the non-standard English of Ebonics. The students learn they must project, enunciate and gesture properly to communicate. This is the 11th year of the federally funded bi-dialectal program. Administrators cite rising test scores in language arts and reading as evidence that it works. Parents also seem to approve. One parent said if they had something like that when she was growing up, she would've made it farther (Cambell, p.2). On the Internet, Ebonics isn't necessarily a black vs. white thing. It's more a matter of justice vs. joke.

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