Monday, July 18, 2005

San Bernadino Calif - We Like Our Kids Dumb!!

The use of Ebonics has become a controversial issue since the Oakland School Board accepted it's usage in 1996. Now San Bernadino schools wants to intregrate it's use in their school system.
SAN BERNARDINO Incorporating Ebonics into a new school policy that targets black students, the lowest-achieving group in the San Bernardino City Unified School District, may provide students a more well-rounded curriculum, said a local sociologist.

The goal of the district's policy is to improve black students' academic performance by keeping them interested in school. Compared with other racial groups in the district, black students go to college the least and have the most dropouts and suspensions.

Blacks make up the second largest racial group in the district, trailing Latinos.

A pilot of the policy, known as the Students Accumulating New Knowledge Optimizing Future Accomplishment Initiative, has been implemented at two city schools.

Mary Texeira, a sociology professor at Cal State San Bernardino, commended the San Bernardino Board of Education for approving the policy in June.

Texeira suggested that including Ebonics in the program would be beneficial for students. Ebonics, a dialect of American English that is spoken by many blacks throughout the country, was recognized as a separate language in 1996 by the Oakland school board.

"Ebonics is a different language, it's not slang as many believe,' Texeira said. "For many of these students Ebonics is their language, and it should be considered a foreign language. These students should be taught like other students who speak a foreign language.'

Board member Danny Tillman, who pushed for the policy, said that full implementation of the program at all schools may take years, but the pilot program is a beginning.

"At every step we will see positive results,' Tillman said.

Tillman hoped the new policy would increase the number of black students going to college and participating in advanced courses.

Teresa Parra, board vice president, said she worried the new program would have an adverse effect.

"I'm afraid that now that we have this the Hispanic community, our largest population, will say, 'We want something for us.' Next we'll have the Asian community and the Jewish community (asking for their own programs). When will it end?'

Parra said the district should focus on helping all students who are at risk.

"I've always thought that we should provide students support based on their needs and not on their race,' Parra said.

So this moron Tilman thinks that allowing Black students to use Ebonics is going to increase their chances of going to college, how wrong can he be? Allowing Blacks to use a distortion of English will NOT help them in the long run, unless they are planning to major in "Street Corner", and the last time I checked, that degree was not recognized in major businesses. The proper use of English is required by all pofessionals, and Ebonics is not recognized as English. Bill Cosby is right in that allowing kids to use this slang is not helping them, and it will only hinder them when they try to obtain higher paying jobs. If these kids really want to go to college, then will have to learn to read, write and speak English, otherwise, they are going to have a very hard time in any program in college. San Bernadino ought to be ashamed of themselves for copping out to the use of Ebonics and placing stumbling blocks in front of their students.