I work in a predominantly African American school in an urban area. Many of our students speak "African American English" (which is called various things: AAVE, Black English, Ebonics, etc). I am on the fence about how I feel this should be treated in school. I am all about respecting their home language, but I also feel that we pretend their language and Standard English are one and the same, and that if they just "try" they can speak Standard English with no issues. I don't believe they can, but whenever I say that people get extremely angry. (I believe it would be just as difficult -- nearly impossible -- for a person who speaks Standard English to switch, with no explicit instruction, to AAVE perfectly.) Does anyone deal with a similar issue at their school? I worry that our school is ignoring a huge issue with these kids' education, and that not teaching them to speak properly (a word I hate but you know what I mean -- properly for the world in which we live) is doing them a huge disservice.