Ebonics: The Urban Education Debate / Edition 1

Ebonics: The Urban Education Debate / Edition 1

by David Ramirez, W. Wright
     
 

ISBN-10: 185359797X

ISBN-13: 9781853597978

Pub. Date: 04/30/2005

Publisher: Multilingual Matters Ltd.

Controversy erupted in 1996 when the Oakland Unified School District’s ‘Ebonics Resolution’ proposed an approach to teaching Standard English that recognized the variety of English spoken by African American students. With new demands for accountability driven by the No Child Left Behind policy and its emphasis on high-stakes testing in

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Overview

Controversy erupted in 1996 when the Oakland Unified School District’s ‘Ebonics Resolution’ proposed an approach to teaching Standard English that recognized the variety of English spoken by African American students. With new demands for accountability driven by the No Child Left Behind policy and its emphasis on high-stakes testing in Standard English, this debate will no doubt rise again. This book seeks to better inform this next episode.

In Part 1, leading scholars place the debate within its historical and contemporary context, provide clear explanations of what Ebonics is and is not, and offer practical approaches schools can and should follow to address the linguistic needs of African American students. Part 2 provides original documents that accompanied the debate, including the original resolutions, legislation, organization position papers, and commentary/analyses from leading linguists. This book is written for all those whose work impacts the lives of Ebonics speakers in our public schools.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781853597978
Publisher:
Multilingual Matters Ltd.
Publication date:
04/30/2005
Series:
New Perspectives on Language and Educati
Edition description:
2ND
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.62(d)

Table of Contents

1Ebonics : background to the current policy debate3
2Using the vernacular to teach the standard18
3Educational implications of ebonics41
4Black language and the education of black children : one mo once49
5Ebonics and education in the context of culture : meeting the language and cultural needs of LEP African American students62
6Language varieties in the school curriculum : where do they belong and how will they get there?96
AOriginal Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) resolution on ebonics115
BCongressional response, 105th Congress135
CMartin Luther King Junior School v. Ann Arbor School District Board155
DA linguist looks at the ebonics debate161
Ebonics and linguistic science : clarifying the issues170
Dialect readers revisited178
Congressional testimony180
EPolicy statement of the TESOL board on African American vernacular English185
Policy statement of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (AAAL) on the application of dialect knowledge to education186
Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) statement to the media on ebonics189
California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE) position statement on ebonics191
FScholarly references and news titles199

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