The Real Ebonics Debate: Power, Language, and the Education of African-American Children

Book – Non-fiction. Edited by Theresa Perry and Lisa Delpit. 1998. 227 pages.
A special edition of Rethinking Schools, educators, linguists, writers, and students examine the lessons of the 1996 Oakland Ebonics controversy.

  • Themes: African American, Education, Racism & Racial Identity | Reading Levels: Adult, High School | Resource Types: Books: Non-Fiction

In the winter of 1996, the Oakland school board’s resolution recognizing Ebonics as a valid linguistic system generated a brief firestorm of hostile criticism and misinformation, 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 educators, linguists, and writers — as well as teachers and students reporting from the field — examine the lessons of the Ebonics controversy and unravel complexities of the issue that have never been acknowledged. [Publisher’s description.]

ISBN: 9780807031452 | Published by Rethinking Schools in collaboration with Beacon Press.


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