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ERIC Number: ED491982
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
The Discourse of Ebonics: Issues and Challenges
Edgerson, David
Online Submission, National Forum of Educational Administration and Supervision Journal v23 n2 2006-2007
America is a true melting pot, as exemplified by the diversity of students in our classrooms. Many are concerned with how teachers are providing instruction for the diverse groups of students they teach. Failure to embrace multiculturalism allows members of society to continue to promote disenfranchisement. For example, proponents of the complex, rhythmic vernacular of Black English known as Ebonics purport that it is a recognizable "tongue", and should be treated as such. This means that in the grand effort of teaching standard American English, educators must first recognize, and second, not strip from them a language that is useful among its many users. On the contrary, this alleged language has very real negative connotations attached to it. Consequently, the argument of understanding, embracing, and accepting cultural differences--in this case linguistics--rages on.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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