The Real Ebonics Debate

The Real Ebonics Debate

by Theresa Perry, Lisa Delpit
     
 

ISBN-10: 0807031453

ISBN-13: 9780807031452

Pub. Date: 06/01/1998

Publisher: Beacon

In the winter of 1996, the Oakland school board's resolution recognizing Ebonics as a valid linguistic system generated a brief firestorm of hostile criticism and misinformation, then faded from public consciousness. But in the classrooms of America, the question of how to engage the distinctive language of many African-American children remains urgent. In The Real…  See more details below

Overview

In the winter of 1996, the Oakland school board's resolution recognizing Ebonics as a valid linguistic system generated a brief firestorm of hostile criticism and misinformation, then faded from public consciousness. But in the classrooms of America, the question of how to engage the distinctive language of many African-American children remains urgent. In The Real Ebonics Debate some of our most important educators, linguists, and writers, as well as teachers and students reporting from the field, examine the lessons of the Ebonics controversy and unravel the complex issues at the heart of how America educates its children.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807031452
Publisher:
Beacon
Publication date:
06/01/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
242
Sales rank:
680,044
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1320L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface
Foreword
"I'on Know Why They Be Trippin'": Reflections on the Ebonics Debate3
What Should Teachers Do? Ebonics and Culturally Responsive Instruction17
Black English/Ebonics: What It Be Like?29
If Ebonics Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is? (pace James Baldwin, 1979)38
What Is Black English? What Is Ebonics?49
Holding on to a Language of Our Own: An Interview with Linguist John Rickford59
If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?67
Ebonics: Myths and Realities71
Embracing Ebonics and Teaching Standard English: An Interview with Oakland Teacher Carrie Secret79
An Ante-Bellum Sermon89
The Seedling93
Kitchen Poets and Classroom Books: Literature from Children's Roots94
"Listen to Your Students": An Interview with Oakland High School English Teacher Hafeezah AdamaDavia Dalji104
Teaching Teachers about Black Communications117
Ebonics Speakers and Cultural, Linguistic, and Political Test Bias126
Removing the Mask: Roots of Oppression Through Omission134
The Oakland Ebonics Resolution143
Ebonics Resolution Revisions146
The Oakland Policy Statement148
Recommendations of the Task Force on Educating African-American Students151
What Is the Standard English Proficiency Program?154
Oakland Superintendent Responds to Critics of the Ebonics Policy156
Linguistics Society of America Resolution on Ebonics160
"What Go Round Come Round": King in Perspective163
Opening Pandora's Box: An Interview with Oakland School Board Member Toni Cook172
An Oakland Student Speaks Out181
Ebonics and the Role of Community: An Interview with Activist Isaac Taggert182
Official Language, Unofficial Reality: Acquiring Bilingual/Bicultural Fluency in a Segregated Southern Community189
Black English: Steppin Up? Lookin Back197
Resources on Ebonics205
Clarifying Terminology208
Notes and References211
Contributors221
Credits224
Acknowledgments226

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