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IJIET 2020 Vol.10(3): 165-170 ISSN: 2010-3689
doi: 10.18178/ijiet.2020.10.3.1357

Cracking the Code (Meshing and Switching): Standard English as a Required Ticket to Influence

Paul A. J. Beehler

Abstract—Scholarly debates about Standard English in the 1970’s were, in part, instigated by the 1969 Task Force on Racism and Bias in the Teaching of English. Committees like this one charged by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) gave rise to such scholars as Rodolfo Jacobson, Patricia Cunningham, and James Sledd – all of whom considered the role of Standard English in classrooms and possible consequences of white supremacy tethered to Standard English. The debate over Standard English and its position in composition classes has evolved over the decades since the 1970’s, but the anxiety associated with Standard English has never been extinguished or even fully addressed. Recently, the 2019 College Composition and Communication Conference (CCCC) keynote address, delivered by Dr. Asao B. Inoue, served as a call to action wherein Dr. Inoue encouraged colleagues throughout rhetoric and composition to abandon Standard English. This response considers an excerpt of Dr. Inoue’s speech and then ultimately refutes the argument that Standard English should be abandoned. Indeed, such a practice could very well harm first and second generation students, effectively isolating and marginalizing the most vulnerable groups in American universities. Standard English has played an historically seminal role in American universities and broader society, and that role – academically, economically, and socially – continues to reinforce the underpinnings of accurate communication in current American and international communities.

Index Terms—Standard English, defense, rhetoric, composition, code-meshing, code-switching.

Paul A. J. Beehler is with the University of California Riverside, United States (e-mail: paulb@ucr.edu).


Cite: Paul A. J. Beehler, "Cracking the Code (Meshing and Switching): Standard English as a Required Ticket to Influence," International Journal of Information and Education Technology vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 165-170, 2020.

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  • ISSN: 2010-3689 (Online)
  • Abbreviated Title: Int. J. Inf. Educ. Technol.
  • Frequency: Monthly
  • DOI: 10.18178/IJIET
  • Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Dr. Steve Thatcher
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