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The Real Ebonics Debate : Power, Language,…

The Real Ebonics Debate : Power, Language, and the Education of…

by Rethinking Schools Org, Lisa Delpit (Editor), Theresa Perry (Editor)

Other authors: James Baldwin (Contributor), Monique Brinson (Contributor), Carolyn Getridge (Contributor), Michael Lampkins (Contributor), Terry Meier (Contributor)7 more, Wayne O'Neil (Contributor), Mary Rhodes Hoover (Contributor), John Rickford (Contributor), Joyce Hope Scott (Contributor), Beverly Jean Smith (Contributor), Ernie Smith (Contributor), Geneva Smitherman (Contributor)

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Undertandably biased view about the attept to recognize Ebonics as a separate language which should not only be accepterd by schools, but should be a medium of instruction. I happen not to agree with either assumption, but this well-written book certainly makes powerful arguments for its view. ( )
  echaika | Sep 22, 2009 |
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The term "Ebonics" exploded onto the mainstream media in 1996 due to a controversial resolution by the Oakland school board recognizing Vernacular Black English in their efforts to teach their inner-city youth. This book offers some well-needed definitions and defenses of Ebonics as a legitimate language and grammar system of West African origin that should be understood by teachers. As Lisa Delpit writes, "The teacher's job is to provide access to the national 'standard' as well as to understand the language the children speak sufficiently to celebrate its beauty."

The Real Ebonics Debate details the history of Ebonics (a name combining the words "ebony" and "phonics") since 1973, including the Eurocentric bias in determining what language is and the American racism and coded media phrases that mark the debate. The book will be crucial to the understanding of this controversial issue for years to come. Along with famous essays and poetry by Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, and Paul Laurence Dunbar, the most important documents in this collection are copies of the actual Oakland Ebonics Resolution and the Ebonics Resolution Revision, which stated, "The superintendent ... shall immediately devise and implement the best possible academic program for the combining purposes of facilitating the acquisition and mastery of English language while respecting and embracing the legitimacy and the richness of the language patterns." --Eugene Holley Jr.

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