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Ebonics in Schools Many black individuals have played their part in Americas history Has the Oakland School gone too far by wanting to teach a black slang language in school In this paper you will see the peoples teachers and the students opinion as well as the Senate A lot of people are speaking out on the subject especially actors Arsenio Hall replied to reporters When I heard somebody from Oakland say the word genetic on TV I ran into the kitchen so I didnt have to be mad at anybody James McDaniel of ABCs NYPD Blue and S Epatha Merkerson of NBCs Law and Order described the Oakland School Boards decision on Ebonics as a distinct genetically based language Shister p1 Civil Rights leader Jesse Jackson defended Oaklands school over a controversial plan to recognize black English in the classroom NA p1 On December 18 1996 the Oakland School Board approved a policy affirming Standard American English language development for all students This policy covers the effectiveness of the strategies that must be utilized to ensure that every child will achieve English language Proficiency Hawkins p1 This policy is based on the work of a broad-based Task-Force convened six months ago to review the district-wide achievement data and to make recommendations regarding the effective practices that will enhance the opportunity for all students to successfully achieve the standards of all students The data shows the low levels of the student performance and lack of students in the Advanced Placement Education Program These recommendations focus on the unique language stature of the African American Students Shister p2 One of the programs recommended is the Standard English Proficiency Program which is a state of California model program Which promotes English-language development for African-American students The SEP Standard English Proficiency training enables teachers and administrators to respect and acknowledge the history culture and language that the African American student brings to school Cambell p2 Recently a
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