The Ebonics Controversy: Introduction (03:51)
The Oakland School Board is reviewing a resolution to incorporate Ebonics into the curriculum. Tony Brown introduces panelists Berleter Hall, Jacqueline Wolf, and Lisa Washington. Different articles call Ebonics genetically based, a dialect, and ignorance.
Original Resolution (04:54)
Hall identifies Ebonics as an inherited genetic language from the Niger-Congo region. Genetics in linguistics means "origin from" not a biological legacy. The resolution was written for the school board, not the public; the media omitted "Nigritic" from the term Ebonics.
Support for Ebonics (04:45)
The School Board rewrote the resolution to explain the link to the Niger-Congo region. Washington describes how black children have not been learning what they should and should not face demoralization. Tom Loveless believes teachers should pretend that speaking non-standard English is fine.
Against Ebonics (02:43)
Jacqueline Wolf expected her students in prison to speak and read in Standard English. Good oral and written communication skills are necessary to excel in a career. Nigritic Ebonics has also been termed Black English.
Nigritic Ebonics (04:19)
Children should not be discriminated against if they speak a different language. Parents with children who speak Nigritic Ebonics should receive additional educational resources. Washington accepts a child as he or she enters the classroom.
Educational Philosophy (04:41)
Washington does not correct students because she feels that is demeaning to a child. A teacher does not need to be an expert in the subject matter in order to teach it. The panelists debate self-esteem, ESL classes, and Ebonics.
Credits: The Ebonics Controversy (00:25)
Credits: The Ebonics Controversy
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