Language is Power

The current liberal orthodoxy in the United Kingdom, the United States, and elsewhere in the English-speaking world, is against imposing Standard English on school students. But does this truly protect the underprivileged, or has it inflicted lasting educational damage on a generation of children? This study argues that Standard English is not merely one variety among many, but is a much more important and valuable variety than other, non-standard dialects. The author, who also wrote Does Accent Matter? , discusses whether the worldwide teaching of Standard English amounts to linguistic imperialism , and examines whether British English will inevitably be superseded by American English.