A “language of privilege” excludes those not born to the educated classes, writes Robert Pondiscio,in response to New York Times columnist David Brooks’ “prosciutto-handed tale” of social barriers to upward mobility.
“Language is a cultural artifact, filled with assumed knowledge, allusions, and idioms that are a reflection of the culture that built, uses, and sustains it,” writes Pondiscio. It can be taught.
But the idea that American schools should explicitly familiarize children—especially those from other countries, cultures, or traditions—with a uniform body of knowledge in…
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