The average grade point average for all students in the district was 2.4; for white students it was 2.7; for Asian- American students, 2.4. The average grade point average for African-American students was 1.8. While African Americans made up 53% of student population, they represented 80% of suspensions and 71% of students labeled as special needs. Against the backdrop of this dismal picture of school failure, the above-average performance of African-American students at the Prescott Elementary School caught the attention of members of the task force.
Table of Contents
- The Real Ebonics Debate
- An Introduction from The Guest Editors
- I 'on Know why They be Trippin
- Ebonics and Culturally Responsive Instruction
- Black English/Ebonics
- If Ebonics Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?
- Holding On To A Language of Our Own
- What is Black English? What is Ebonics?
- If Black English Isn't a Language, Then Tell Me, What Is?
- Embracing Ebonics and Teaching Standard English
- Literature from Children's Roots
- First and Second title both empty, Update me!
- Teaching Teachers About Black Communications
- Removing the Mask
- The Oakland Ebonics Resolution
- Recommendations of the Task Force on Educating African-American Students
- What is the Standard English Proficiency Program?
- Oakland Superintendent Responds to Critics of the Ebonics Policy
- Linguistic Society of America's Resolution on Ebonics
- Opening Pandora's Box
- An Oakland Student Speaks Out
- Official Language; Unofficial Reality
- Black English
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