Parents Determine Children’s Language Values

, Malcolm A. Kline, Leave a comment

It seems to make sense. “In the United States alone, there are more than eight different cultural dialects of the English language,’ the University of Missouri News Bureau claims. “How a person speaks and understands language can have a significant impact on how they learn English in school.”

“Now, a researcher at the University of Missouri has found that the most accurate predictor of a student’s beliefs about what dialects of English are valuable isn’t race or class but the language choices of his or her parents.”

“Mike Metz, an assistant professor in the MU College of Education, studied a diverse group of high school students in the San Francisco area with the goal of identifying the root of students’ language beliefs. He found that a student’s belief about the value of Standardized American English, the most dominant variation of English in the U.S., was best predicted by their parents’ own preferences.”

But what about peers and pop culture?