The Importance Of ELL Services

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Register to read the introduction… When Oakland tried to get bilingual support for its African American students, the Bill Clinton administration denounced the idea by stating that “Black English was a form of slang, had no place in the classroom, and that no federal funds allocated to the school district for bilingual education can be used for students who predominantly speak Ebonics.” (Carpenter, 2012) In fact, famous author African American author Maya Angelou agreed and rebutted the idea, by stating, “The very idea that African American language is a language separate and apart is very threatening, because it can encourage young men and women not to learn Standard English.” (Carpenter, 2012) If African American students are going to receive ELL support then, especially in cities like Oakland, they were going to be segregated away from the other students and some saw this as a sign of a new form of discrimination (Baron, 1997) However, some black activists saw it has a fair measure to help African American students, for instance Jesse Jackson said “The intent is to teach these children standard American, competitive English, because if they cannot read, they cannot reason.” He then reasons, “Just as you go from Spanish to English, you go from improper grammar to English.” (Carpenter, …show more content…
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