School district ‘affirms’ Ebonics

I thought this foolishness died a well-deserved death years ago:

A school district in Southern California approved the “affirmation and recognition” of Ebonics into its curriculum as a way to help black students improve academic performance.

The San Bernardino Board of Education says a pilot of the policy, known as the Students Accumulating New Knowledge Optimizing Future Accomplishment Initiative, has been implemented at two city schools, according to the daily San Bernardino Sun.

Ebonics, a dialect of American English spoken by many blacks, was recognized as a separate language by the Oakland, Calif., school board in 1996.
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Board member Danny Tillman told the paper he pushed for the policy because he hoped it would increase the number of black students going to college and participating in advanced courses.

Right. Imagine physics or molecular biology taught in Ebonics.

What a load of bullflop. School isn’t about affirming, it’s about learning–or at least it’s supposed to be. Ebonics says to African-American students that school administrators believe they’re too stupid to grasp the language of the land.

Like cutting open the coccoon of an emerging butterfly, dumbing down education requirements doesn’t help students, it cripples them.

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One response to “School district ‘affirms’ Ebonics

  1. How very sad. I, too, thought that this idea had gone away. In case you are interested, though, there is a wonderful site that teaches ebonics with visuals and audio, http://www.funnyjunk.com/pages/ebonics.htm. (caution: some of it gets a little rough.)

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