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Forum Post: Oakland Ebonics controversy

Posted 2 years ago on July 18, 2012, 3:27 p.m. EST by fiftyfourforty (1077) from New York, NY
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The Oakland Ebonics Controversy was about giving African American children a better chance to learn and advance in school but it also pointed to the reality that African Americans are a people or nation. As long as Ebonics is not respected in schools as a legitimate language system black children and by extension the African American people -- will suffer. The African American community is a very important and crucial part of the 99% and this movement should be looking for more ways to ally with it and its needs and aspirations.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oakland_Ebonics_controversy From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia On December 18, 1996, the Oakland, California school board passed a controversial resolution recognizing the legitimacy of "Ebonics"—what mainstream linguists more often term African American Vernacular English—as a language. The resolution set off a maelstrom of media criticism and ignited a hotly discussed national debate.

For students whose primary dialect was "Ebonics", the Oakland resolution mandated some instruction in that dialect, both for "maintaining the legitimacy and richness of such language... and to facilitate their acquisition and mastery of English language skills." This also included the proposed increase of salaries of those proficient in both "Ebonics" and Standard English to the level of those teaching LEP (limited English proficiency) students and the use of public funding to help teachers learn AAVE themselves.[1] Contents [hide]

1 Popular response 2 Amended resolution 3 Linguists' response 4 Notes 5 References 6 External links [edit]Popular response

Popular interpretations of the controversial issues in the resolution include: the idea that "Ebonics" (African American Vernacular English) is a separate language; that Ebonics is an African language; that African Americans are biologically predisposed toward a particular language through heredity; that speakers of Ebonics should qualify for federally-funded programs traditionally restricted to bilingual populations; and that students would be taught Ebonics.[2] The Rev. Jesse Jackson condemned the resolution, saying "I understand the attempt to reach out to these children, but this is an unacceptable surrender, borderlining on disgrace." His comments were seconded by former Secretary of Education William Bennett, former