Monday, July 18, 2005

Ebonics? Again!?! C'mon!

More news from California (who would have guessed): It seems that the San Bernardino City Unified School District is now trying to improve the academic performance of it's African-American students by, yes, incorporating EBONICS into their curriculum.

Mary Texeira, a sociology professor at Cal State San Bernardino, commended the San Bernardino Board of Education for approving the policy in June. Texeira said research has shown that students learn better when they fully comprehend the language they are being taught in.
Maybe students would learn better if there were teachers that can teach well, parents that are actively involved in the lives of their children, and a curriculum and school board that supports such. Would that work? And before someone says something along the lines of "well, we've tried doing that before, and it didn't work," why don't we try investigating WHY it didn't work before immediately trying to find the easy way out?

Education is supposed to be hard, supposed to be challenging. Otherwise, we'd all be born with all the knowledge that can otherwise be gained through education.

Luckily there are some cooler heads in the San Bernardino City Unified School District, such as Teresa Parra, the school board vice president, who said:

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?'

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


Hopefully Parra's voice of logic has allies and will not be drowned out by the supporters of this illogical and counterproductive program.

More on this can be found over at Michelle Malkin, Resurrection Song takes on the historical aspects, and Ramblings' Journal tees off.

Hat tip to Drudge.

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