Teachers should include ‘disclaimer’ allowing Ebonics in class, language researcher says


It’s ‘oppressive’ to speak proper English

University of Wisconsin-Madison student Erika Gallagher thinks that helping students learn proper English is racist.

She’s drawing a national reputation for her research on “code switching,” a practice in which people who grew up using a minority vernacular like Ebonics “change their regular speech tendencies” to sound like the majority.

The Daily Cardinal reports:

Gallagher said she hopes to develop her research into a nonprofit organization that “teaches teachers to teach,” with the goal that educators will eventually express disclaimers at the start of each semester that state they will accept any form of English that students are comfortable with.

Also known as African American Vernacular English, Ebonics is commonly spoken in heavily African-American urban areas.

3 thoughts on “Teachers should include ‘disclaimer’ allowing Ebonics in class, language researcher says”

  1. PB says:

    I have a better idea. Cleave off some space and let them have their Black Homeland in the US. After two generations or so a UN Hazmat team could be sent in to clean and sanitize and return it to America, with the survivors offered citizenship in return for shutting up and being thankful the experiment in self-rule is over and they are at least alive.

  2. BobNelson says:

    Why not encourage speaking Swahili and wearing loin cloths to class? Spear carrying earns extra credit.

  3. euhuguenine says:

    Now what kind of legal job can you get using ebonics?