Closing the achievement gap

It’s no secret that African American children who grow up speaking the informal vernacular known as Ebonics or African American English often have a hard time in school settings that require formal English, and consequently often get lower reading test scores than their white peers.

But there is a promising teaching method that helps them catch up.  Listen to this fascinating presentation by Professor Rebecca Wheeler of Christopher Newport University on how teachers are helping African American children “decode” the structures of formal English, and learn how to use them in school essays.

If you want to find out more about African American English and other American variants of English, check out UC San Diego Professor Eric Bakovic’s course Languages and cultures of America ( iTunes ).

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One Response to Closing the achievement gap

  1. cronos telfer says:

    To an approximation, you can only learn by reading classics such as books by Jane Austen. The only way to learn to read is by reading.

    People who don’t read and who fail the school system, are correct in seeing it as a “huge conspiracy” designed to ensure that many people are not interested in book learning – this way they will fail in thge system, giving us a “stratified society” which includes huge mass of people available to do poorly paid work.

    I am not arguing against reading, or against school – only pointing out that there are disfunctions in our society.

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