The Language We Know And The Language We’re Taught

by Megan Cunnane, Writing Fellow ’16

Earlier this year, a group of students from Zanzibar, Tanzania created a video to examine why the language they’re required to speak at school is different from the one they speak at home. This video raises a lot of  issues, but for the sake of this blog focus on these two when watching: how some languages are taken as more valid than others and what politics are happening in an academic space. What languages—or rules of language—are more valid at Barnard (or at whatever school you attend), and how are those rules political and/or restrictive?