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Monday, July 18, 2005

Ebonics back...

Paul over at Wizbang has a post about a new San Bernadino program to improve kids education in the district (black kids specifically). Their method? Teach Ebonics!

I thought this was discredited way back in 1996....

Some key graphs:

A pilot of the policy, known as the Students Accumulating New Knowledge Optimizing Future Accomplishment Initiative, has been implemented at two city schools.

Woah! Now thats a title! I'll bet that took 4 committee meetings, a few drafts, and more than a couple whiteboards to brainstorm that title.
Texeira suggested that including Ebonics in the program would be beneficial for students. Ebonics, a dialect of American English that is spoken by many blacks throughout the country, was recognized as a separate language in 1996 by the Oakland school board.

So the Oakland school board is the organization responsible for recognizing separate languages now? Do we get to pick and choose
"Ebonics is a different language, it's not slang as many believe,' Texeira said. "For many of these students Ebonics is their language, and it should be considered a foreign language. These students should be taught like other students who speak a foreign language.'

Yeah you know, like English....

One question. Do all blacks get taught in Ebonics? Whats the criteria? If a black person transfers in from another district (say someplace in England, complete with English accent) do they get taught in Ebonics as well?

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ARC: Brian