The Content of Your Character: A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Do you agree or disagree with the following statement?
"Schools should officially recognize and use Ebonics as a teaching tool to assist students to learn standard English."
Please review the arguments for and against the statement and enter your response.
Pros A school's official recognition that its students speak Ebonics is a positive step toward assisting those students to achieve a "standard English" proficiency. Turning a blind eye to the fact that American students speak dialects or even other languages simply makes the problem worse. It is sound educational practice to take into account the fact that children enter school from diverse backgrounds and with varying levels of skills and knowledge. The use of ebonics is a building block to success.
Cons A common language is the essential glue which holds a culture together. The use of Ebonics in the school curriculum will result in denying a minority population access to and participation in the society at large. It is vitally important that these students be taught standard English. The endorsement of ebonics will result in students who are not prepared and are relegated to the lower classes. It is a sad, but true, fact that in our elitist culture language skills are a central key to success.