Volume 7, Issue 4 (1978)
Language Development in Young Children
Although recent research on culturally different language has begun to dispel many of the distorted assumptions about the language capabilities of minority group children (i.e., that the language is error ridden and inadequate for logical thought),the majority of early education programs continue to direct their efforts toward changing the speech of these children so that it conforms to standard English while punishing the use of nonstandard forms. Not only have these efforts proved conspicuously ineffective but the rejection of nonstandard forms is believed by many to have detrimental effects on the child’s self-concept and lead to rejection of the school by children subjected to such an approach.
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