The article and the commentary are like oh my god yes.
[Bolding mine, because holy shit this exactly, yeah].
This so much. My sister got her Master’s in reading and literacy, teaches 9th grade English, and regularly works with kids who are at a 3rd/4th grade reading level. And, like most public school teachers, she spends money she DOES NOT HAVE on resources for those kids because there are no programs, no funds to help them.
People don’t realize how much of a privilege it is to grow up having caregivers who have time and energy to read to you, who can afford/have space to keep books in the house, who are literate themselves in their native language OR English. Seriously, if you didn’t grow up with that, you’re already behind the moment you start kindergarten and most teachers/schools don’t have resources to ever catch you up. Lord help you if you’re ESL which many struggling kids ARE. Because AAVE is VERY MUCH A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE FROM STANDARD ENGLISH with different phonetics and grammar rules. But most teachers treat AAVE speakers like they’re stupid/lazy instead of learning a foreign language. So now you have an extra layer of SHAME for kids to carry as they try to stay motivated to do well in under-funded, over-crowded schools.
And for people to say that kids who go through ALL OF THAT— who make it over ALL THOSE HURDLES— to say they don’t deserve to go to college because our bullshit system was grooming them for slave prison labor instead of giving them tools to succeed at a college level?
That is some straight-up bullshit.
The bolded like everything else. But AAVE or African American Language is so different from proper Standard English. I love that there are people on tumblr who realize that!
Loved this. There have been lots of good points touched on. I need to find a way to share this article I am reading cause its theme keeps coming up. AAVE (as the article calls it) is its own culture language with its own style of speaking, telling stories, grammar, etc. And teachers and clinicians who are not knowledgeable in AAVE and their differences often diagnose and treat these children like they are learning disabled, have stunted language skills, or cannot narrate stories at the age level they should. As my room mate was also saying, it’s tough when you live in the hood, you speak your own way with everyone, then get told it’s bad to speak like that in school. But when you speak the way school wants you, you often get teased and ridiculed for speaking “white” (this isn’t just in the hood, but this is what he was saying) and get torn between wanting and often NEEDING (survival, emotional, etc.) to fit into your community, where you spend most of your time, versus doing well and pleasing in school for the next 12 years. Of course, people learn to code switch but it’s not always that simple.
I studied linguistics in college, and I have to say, as a white-suburban-upper-middle-class girl, learning about AAVE - which I had only ever heard referred to as “ebonics” before - in that context, as a legitimate dialect of English with its own rules of syntax and its own lexical entries, I mean, it was this thunderclap eye-opener for me. Not that I studied it much in detail, but simply the concept of it as a dialect instead of a bastardization, was a revelation. Literally, it was like “…wait…it’s actually its own thing? Not just a fucked-up bastardization of *real* English [as I had been taught it was]? Wow.” Suddenly I was considering, what would it be like for me if all of a sudden I had to learn to speak and write AAVE well enough not only to be understood, but to write academic papers in it, a non-native dialect to me? And had to do so while I was mocked for it, for speaking a different dialect at home, for finding the transition difficult? Wow. We done fucked up this “ebonics debate” thing, haven’t we*?
I wish it was taught that way in more venues. I wish you didn’t have to A: go to college, B: a college with a ling dept, and C: choose to major in an admittedly kinda obscure subject, in order to hear this taught. I wish white-suburban schools would teach this.
*Where “we” = “the people who flipped their shit over the Oakland school district’s plan to co-teach in AAVE and Standard English and treat it like the ESL programs for Spanish-speaking kids, back in the 90’s”
just reblogging because people have added all kinds of awesome additions! yay tumblr!
First of all, I get it. I get the anger, and sometimes I feel it too– that anger that comes from the seeming obliviousness of vegetarians and people that call themselves vegan while overlooking the fact that other things besides foods can contain animal products, byproducts, or promote animal testing. I think, “what’s stopping them from going that extra inch and committing to a completely vegan existence.”
But the thing I don’t get is being rude to those people. Most of us weren’t born vegan, far from it. Most of us grew up around meat and animal products, and I would venture that most of us didn’t omit all non vegan items from our lives over night. For a lot of us it was a process, a process that involved changes, not just in what we ate and the products we bought, but in the way we thought about the world. We became aware, some way or another, of the suffering in the world, and decided we couldn’t become a part of the violent and cruel system that causes it. No matter what your call yourself or how strict a vegetarian you are, I sincerely believe that you have an impact, and you are a vital part of a movement that will hopefully only spread and become stronger. If you are living a vegan life style, that’s great! But thinking your better than other people because of how strict you are isn’t helpful. Being vegan, no matter how important of a choice it is, does not give you the right to be rude to other people– it does not make you better than others, and your self-righteousness only proves that. I’m sure you’d be a jerk whether or not you ate meat, so please don’t use veganism to justify your bad behavior. For me, veganism has always been about compassion and extending that compassion to human beings is the only thing that follows.
Do I wish everyone would just be vegan, I mean, truly vegan? Yes, of course. But you should only support those around you who are adopting vegan practices, not belittle their attempts. I get the frustration, but you can be better than that.
This is a link to a series called Wide Angle by PBS. The show focuses on 7 children from around the world as they go through (or try to at least) their countries’ school systems. I had to watch it for a class I’m taking, and I am glad; it’s pretty eye opening (and tear jerking) stuff.
why are you a liberal living in arkansas? isn't that kind of hard?
I guess I’m a liberal living in Arkansas because I was born here and I have yet to move. I really enjoy living in Little Rock where my friends and family are. As far as being liberal goes, I’ve never thought of it as being difficult. I would think hanging on to conservative ideology would be considerably harder.