a reply to: zosimov
I usually agree with you, too. I think it is important that we be able to cross-communicate with all sectors of society. When in Rome, etc. Ebonics
was something I learned when I worked in the urban core. We were still teaching them proper English. A person walking into a hiring office, or
applying for work or college, who uses "ebonics" is sabatoging themselves.
I also taught Spanish as a Second Language to American service workers like utilities and hospital staff and clinicians in community settings. People
in America need to be fluent in American English. The kind they speak on NPR, or Fox. Not everyone can understand ebonics. I began learning Spanish
at age 8. Kept up with it all my life. I'm the only one in my family who can speak it. And it has proven itself over and over again as a valuable
This isn't the first time they've tried to push this through, either. 20 years ago they did the same thing. I was raised with precision language,
spelling, grammar, and punctuation/writing skills as a matter of course. My parents ALWAYS corrected us if we crossed the line into slang. With
friends is a different thing.
Even at home, the kids of Spanish-speakers who are raised here learn both from infancy. They act as interpreters for their parents who often are too
stressed or poorly educated to learn English themselves. This puts the kids in compromised situations. But that's life.
When a child has to tell the doctor or any other "authority" what is mom's ailment or problem or trouble, that often includes adult material that is
not appropriate for kids to be thrown into the middle of.
We need to enforce a national vernacular that is globally understood. That is "General American." Every citizen needs to be proficient at it.
That's all there is to it.
Sweetie, you know I am very much inclusive of all ethnicities and entranced with language. But it's true that to be successful, people need to be
articulate. In General English. It's a global thing anyway. People in other countries that are industrialized and trading with Western countries
ALL LEARN PROPER ENGLISH. Whether they are in Denmark or China or South Africa or France or Brazil or Russian or Farsi, they learn English. Our
children absolutely need to be taught it. What they do on their own time is
their own business, but no.
We must not allow "ebonics" as some sort of alternative American dialect. No. And they need to pull up their damn pants, too!!
It's not doing youngsters any service at all to allow (let alone encourage) them to speak sub-par versions of English. Not if they are going to be
viable citizens as adults in this world.
It's a strength to know more than one language, now more than ever. If I had my way, every kid would be taught Spanish alongside English from preK.
Same with kids from ebonics homes or communities. They need to learn proper English.
That is what keeps civilization going. Sympathy and empathy are fine, but there is a place for accuracy and linguistic precision that must not be
overlooked or dismissed.
You don't have to shame them to teach them business and academic English. But they need to learn it whether they use it at home or not.
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