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What I know about dialects is that everyone has one Dialects differ in different parts of the country There are even minor differences in dialects in different parts of the same state Dialects differ depending on cultures People sometimes make assumptions stereotype you because of your dialect People in the North and South have the most distinct dialects I imagine that the diversity in dialects within the United States stems from the people who first settled in the areas People also pick up the speech used by their family People often use different forms of dialect in different social settings The most important issue I would like to address in this paper is vernacular dialects in US schools One central issue dealing with this topic of vernacular dialects in US schools is the idea that all students should be taught a standard dialect Some people consider such a requirement to be discriminatory because it places an extra burden on certain students Others argue that it is a responsibility of the education system to teach a standard dialect to broaden students skills and opportunities For instance students who do not develop facility with standard English may find that their employment or educational potential is restricted A students chances for success in school and in later life may be related to mastery of standard English So the question remains unanswered should our schools try to teach all students to use a standard dialect If so how If not how should different dialects be handled in the school setting What impact does speaking a non-school dialect have on students academic success and on their interactions with others in and out of school These complex and controversial questions have been debated through the years but they have become increasingly prominent in the last three decades In particular the controversy aroused by the December 1996 announcement of the Oakland CA School board about its policy on the instruction
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