One of the most common reasons for code switching is trying to speak like others, in most schools this means speaking properly. Most people, including kids, have different dialects when speaking English or any other language. These different dialects are seen as improper to speak at professions and in schools. Most people do not speak to their parents the same way that they speak to their friends because of the concept that there is a place and time for everything. Schools have a similar unwritten rules. Schools require students to code switch in order to speak in a professional manor.
Code switching can happen unconsciously, but, when in school it is done consciously to show respect by speaking properly. An article on code switching states that it is done for many reasons one of the most popular being, “We want to fit in: Very often, people code-switch — both consciously and unconsciously — to act or talk more like those around them.”(Five Reasons Why People Code-Switch)One of the main reasons for code switching is to try to fit in, although in school it occurs mostly because of professionalism, fitting in is a large factor as well. Having an accent or a different way of speaking a certain language is sometimes seen as an unsuitable way of speaking. In order to speak ‘suitably’ people code switch to seem more like others, fit in. Fitting in is an important reason for code switching at school but so is the idea, that schools imply but never explicitly say, of having a time to speak relaxed and a time to speak properly and act professionally.
The way people speak is dependent on the occasion and the location, for example, in schools speaking ‘correctly’ is of importance. This article states that there are times when people need to use dialect and times when they need to talk differently, code switch. “And in that beautiful line of thinking, one could argue that there’s a time to talk in dialect and a time to talk like you’re in mixed company.” (The Whens and Wheres of Code Switching and “Talking Black”) The writer believes that there are certain times when society favors people who speak ‘standard english’ and times when speaking ‘slang’ is fine. In school students who speak ‘properly’ seem to be more correct than those who speak English differently or informally. A person should not have to change the way they talk at school solely because it is ‘socially correct. Others might argue that, a person would not use the same vocabulary they use to talk to a teacher to talk to a younger child. Though this opinion is valid, it does not justify weather speaking ‘proper’ should be as important as it is. In schools code switching occurs to appeal to the general idea that proper is better.
Code switching has many positive and negative views depending on the point of view that a person looks at it. Code switching in schools from English to ‘better’ English is useful in a world where proper is seen as better, but in a way does not stay true to who you are. A person should not have to depart from how they are to a person who they should be, but in order to be accepted and respected it is necessary. Code switching in schools most commonly occurs to fit in and be accepted by society, the people who surround you. Code switching in schools transpires because what society defines as proper.