What Is The Deficit Difference Controversy

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The topic that changed my world view was learning the deficit difference controversy. It was a controversy which occurred between the 1960s and 1970s during which linguists argued with educators that dialect varieties of English should be actually be considered as different dialects of English rather than deficient versions of standard English. The argument was that dialect was the same thing as deficient English and this corrupted English was an attempt to speak correct or proper English, but this attempt falls short. Our textbook also defined clearly the two theories and their relationship to linguistics. Deficit theory posits that students do not succeed because of a set of values and a “culture of poverty” impairs the child’s readiness
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