The Real Ebonics Debate: Power, Language, and the Education of African-American Children
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The Real Ebonics Debate: Power, Language, and the Education of African-American Children

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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...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published June 17th 1998 by Beacon Press
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Aug 18, 2007 sydney rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I heard about the Ebonics debate when I was younger but never really understood it. Like a lot of people, I assumed that some school system out in California had resolved to stop teaching black children Standard English and teach them Ebonics, instead. I also mistakenly thought that Ebonics was some sort of slang or sloppy English.

This book, a series of essays, interviews, and documents, tackles all of those misperceptions and prejudices and gets to the root of the Ebonics debate. The authors e...more
I actually don't think white teachers like me should be allowed in the classroom without reading this book.
This was written as a result of a decision by the Oakland, CA school board validating Ebonics as a language, as you would classify "French" or "English" a language.

I read the book during research for a thesis in my linguistics class and became really interested in the subject. I even changed my thesis to examine the validity of Ebonics as a language. Really, really fascinating.
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