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Tuesday, July 19, 2005
  Barbara Billingsley called it Jive!
In the 1980 movie "Airplane" there is a scene where a flight attendant can't understand a couple of black guys on the plane. Barbara Billingsley says to the attendant, "Excuse me, I speak jive." I imagine that if this movie were made today, that scene would've been cut...for racial insensitivity...or something along those lines. In case you didn't know..Barbara Billingsley was Theodore "Beaver" Cleavers mom in the old 50's sitcom, Leave It To Beaver.

Now they call it ebonics and the San Bernardino school system is incorporating it into their curriculum! According to Wikipedia African American Vernacular English, aka, ebonics is a dialect of english. From what I read on Wikipedia, that means that we should see all kinds of new languages popping up in school districts all over the country.

From sbsun.com comes the news that San Bernardino unified school district will incorporate ebonics into its curriculum so that students may receive a more well rounded education.

A socialogy professor from CSSB, Mary Texiera, thinks that this is some how a good idea. She says, "Ebonics is a different language, it's not slang as many believe". She says that students learn better when they fully comprehend the language that's being taught.

So let's not do something smart like teach them english...or even american for that matter...let's just give jive a place in our school systems. Fucking brilliant! Now I'm gonna go to the ATM machine and be offered 3 choices...english, spanish and jive...what choice will I make???

The school board VP, Teresa Parra, worries about adverse affects this program may have on the district. She believes that they should focus on all students at risk. "I've always thought that we should provide students support based on their needs not on their race", said Ms. Parra.

These people are comparing this with english as a second language programs. Well, I've never agreed with them either and every well spoken hispanic I've ever met said they got that way through english immersion.

Actually, part of the article makes it sound like the plan is to actually teach something worth while...black history...but if I put two and two together...it also sounds like they're gonna be teaching it in ebonics!

I just wonder...anyone ever considered teaching these kids ENGLISH??? What's next...degrees in ebonics...the menu at the local McD's in ebonics???

Lest we forget...this is America and we have a language already! American!

I know it won't sound any different in the future...yo man..you be wantin' fries wit dat? or something like that...I don't speak the language!
 
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