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I feel that the discussion on Ebonics has gone beyond the original objectives of the program Ebonics is a bridge to make Afro-American children understand more the English language Mexican Americans use the code-switching technique to learn the language A phrase is said in English and the translation is given in Spanish This is also how the Chinese and the Japanese learn English As a quote from an article writes The real question is what happened to the good educational philosophy which states that in order to teach a child you had to start from where the child is The new Hispanic immigrants understand this and that is why we now have a move going on across this country for BI-lingual education They demand and get teachers who understands Spanish and other Latin American dialects to teach their children English They know that it does not matter if a child is African American Chinese Spanish or Italian For a child to learn they know you have to build on what that child knows Therefore if the child comes into the room saying dis and dat the teacher instead of frowning needs to know that dis means this and dat means that and responds accordingly not with a frown but with the proper words1 Those who objects the introduction of English says that the introduction of Ebonics will assist those who do not fully understand standard English or who loses interest because they feel that the language of their community is being ignored This is not about racism this is a method of teaching What you need to do is teach the child how to move from ebonics to standard English2 said psychologist Robert Williams Therefore teaching ebonics origins could help children understand the differences from standard English This is not too far fetched when you think about how millions of people travel to other countries these days with little computers in their
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