Infantilizing minority students

Infantilizing minority students

[Ed. – Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.]

Remember Ebonics? It was a term invented some 55 years ago to describe the variant of English often used by black Americans when speaking among themselves. It made headlines in 1996 when the Oakland, CA school board adopted a resolution aimed at improving the scholastic performance of African Americans by treating Ebonics as a distinct language, using it as a tool to improve their acquisition of standard English, just as in other forms of bilingual education. …

The Ebonics controversy is now passé. Instead, the cutting edge in education theory is led by a scholar who argues that grading students on the basis of the quality of their work, rather than their perceived “effort” or the sheer quantity of their submissions, is inherently racist and a major contributor to inferior academic performance by black students.

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