The Real Ebonics Debate: Power, Language, and the Education of African-American Children
When the Oakland school board issued a resolution calling for schools to acknowledge the reality of black English in the classroom, a huge national outcry and media frenzy arose. The debate about "Ebonics" made national headlines, quickly became politicized and divisive, opened wounds about ra ce, 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 Debate, some of our most important progressive educators, linguists, and writers, as well as teachers and students reporting from the field, examine the lessons of the Ebonics controversy and unravel the complexities of the issue, covering realities never acknowledged by the media. They discuss the meaning of th e political debate; they think through the detailed dynamics of teacher-student interaction; and they give wonderfully precise linguistic insight into the structure and uses of African-American English—from colloquial speech to the literary voice of Toni Morrison.
The Real Ebonics Debate cuts to the heart of how America educates African-American children. It will have immediate and enduring value for anyone thinking about race and schools.
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Review: The Real Ebonics Debate: Power, Language, and the Education of African-American ChildrenUser Review - Grace - Goodreads
This is a must-read for educators in the US It opened my eyes to the Ebonics debate and inspired me to create a more open-minded environment in terms of different types of spoken language in the classroom. It is well worth the read! Read full review
Review: The Real Ebonics Debate: Power, Language, and the Education of African-American ChildrenUser Review - Jill - Goodreads
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 ... Read full review
Reflections on the Ebonics Debate
Ebonics and Culturally Responsive Instruction
WHAT IS EBONICS?
What It Be Like?
If Ebonics Isnt a Language Then Tell Me What is? pace James Baldwin 1979
What Is Black English? What Is Ebonics?
An Interview with Linguist John Rickford
If Black English Isnt a Language Then Tell Me What Is?
Ebonics Resolution Revisions
The Oakland Policy Statement
Recommendations of the Task Force on Educating AfricanAmerican Students
What Is the Standard English Proficiency Program?
Oakland Superintendent Responds to Critics of the Ebonics Policy
Linguistics Society of America Resolution on Ebonics
King in Perspective
An Interview with Oakland School Board Member Toni Cook
Myths and Realities
Embracing Ebonics and Teaching Standard English An Interview with Oakland Teacher Carrie Secret
An AnteBellum Sermon
Literature from Childrens Roots
An Interview with Oakland High School English Teacher Hafeezah Adamadavia Dalji
Teaching Teachers about Black Communications
Ebonics Speakers and Cultural Linguistic and Political Test Bias
Roots of Oppression Through Omission
THE OAKLAND RESOLUTION
The Oakland Ebonics Resolution
An Oakland Student Speaks Out
An Interview with Activist Isaac Taggert
Acquiring BilingualBicultural Fluency in a Segregated Southern Community
Steppin Up? Lookin Back
RESOURCES ON EBONICS
Bad Boys: Public Schools in the Making of Black Masculinity
Ann Arnett Ferguson
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