The Oakland school board’s Ebonics proposal that set off the initial controversy was an attempt to get more money to educate low-income black students by equating their problems to the challenges facing low-income, Spanish-speaking Mexican immigrants. Both groups typically start school with poorly developed English language skills. Extra money spent teaching standard English, as opposed to teaching black dialect or Spanish, is money well spent.
Talkin’ ’bout Ebonics
December 22, 2004 by