Reflections on the Ebonics Issue, With Suggestions Regarding Professional Misconduct The present statement allows me the opportunity to engage in some careful and critical reflections about the controversy surrounding the original resolution advanced by the Oakland School Board declaring Ebonics or African American Vernacular English (AAVE) to be a separate language system. It was on December 18, 1996 that ... Article
Article  |   October 01, 1997
Reflections on the Ebonics Issue, With Suggestions Regarding Professional Misconduct
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  • Richard L. Wright
    School of Communications, Howard University, Washington, DC
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Article   |   October 01, 1997
Reflections on the Ebonics Issue, With Suggestions Regarding Professional Misconduct
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 1997, Vol. 4, 8-11. doi:10.1044/lle4.2.8
SIG 1 Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, October 1997, Vol. 4, 8-11. doi:10.1044/lle4.2.8
The present statement allows me the opportunity to engage in some careful and critical reflections about the controversy surrounding the original resolution advanced by the Oakland School Board declaring Ebonics or African American Vernacular English (AAVE) to be a separate language system. It was on December 18, 1996 that the Oakland School Board sent a mild shock throughout a nation when it unanimously approved a poorly worded, two-page resolution declaring Ebonics or AAVE to be a separate and distinct language system. The resolution claimed further that Ebonics was sufficiently distinct from that variety of Standard American English required for academic success in the Oakland public schools that special pedagogical attention needed to be paid to the language in order to reverse the deplorable scholastic performance of large numbers of African American students who speak Ebonics as their primary language.
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