Policy Statements about Linguistic Diversity

Students’ Right to Their Own Language
Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), 1972
“We affirm the students’ right to their own patterns and varieties of language — the dialects of their nurture or whatever dialects in which they find their own identity and style.Language scholars long ago denied that the myth of a standard American dialect has any validity. The claim that any one dialect is unacceptable amounts to an attempt of one social group to exert its dominance over another. Such a claim leads to false advice for speakers and writers, and immoral advice for humans. A nation proud of its diverse heritage and its cultural and racial variety will preserve its heritage of dialects. We affirm strongly that teachers must have the experiences and training that will enable them to respect diversity and uphold the right of students to their own language” (1972, p.1).

The above confirmed rights statement is described in greater detail with explanation about how the committee arrived at the above statement. Also included in this invaluable resources is an list of 12 things that all teachers should understand about language use.

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