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Response to Reading: Delpit: No Kinda Sense What, if anything, do/did you know about Ebonics, or the Ebonics debate?

? What do you learn about the issue from reading this article? -Before reading the article, I knew that Ebonics was the term used for Black English. Black English was named Ebonics so that it wouldnt receive any negative connotations. It is widely debated in the African American community as to whether Ebonics should be accepted or not. I personally feel that it should be allowed in the correct settings. Delpit states, Language is one of the most intimate expressions of identity. In what ways is language an expression of our identity? How does language influence our interactions with others and the connections, or disconnections, we might feel? Use examples from your own experience, experiences of those you know, and/or the readings youve done to explore this idea. (You might share a story that explores your own use of language. You might focus on your own attempts to learn a second language, on a time when you felt out of place because of your own language dialect, or a time when you became conscious of the fact that you were code-switching. It might be helpful to consider Delpits statement: I have come to realize that acquiring an additional code comes from identifying with the people who speak it, from connecting the language form with all that is self-affirming and esteem-building, inviting and fun.) -Parents didnt raise me to speak Ebonics, but just like the young lady in the article I picked it up. It wasnt because I had to, but it was a choice. It gives me a chance to communicate with others who were brought up speaking Ebonics. I definitely code-switch. There is a time a place to use Ebonics. Its more appropriate in a more relaxed setting than in a professional setting. In what ways did reading Delpits essay influence your own views about the use of non-standard English in the classroom? Choose a quote, passage, or idea from this piece that you find especially interesting, meaningful, or worth remembering (that you have not already addressed above.) Introduce your selection, and offer your commentary. -We cannot constantly correct children and expect them to continue to want to talk like us. Some children could take criticism negatively and turn away from what is being taught. Others may be very receptive of the information and use it to their advantage in the future. It all depends on the upbringing of the individual.