Ax or Ask? is a must for teachers and parents of African American students. Used as a text and reference book in 49 school systems, the book explores ways to improve speaking and writing skills, avoiding educational and occupational exclusion and exploitation. Why do many Blacks say “finna, skrimps, ax, skrate, and fixin’ to”? Why don’t teachers correct Black English in primary classrooms? Why do African Americans have the lowest standardized test scores? The African American Guide to Better English increases awareness, improves student achievement, and provides advocacy for those wanting to speak mainstream English. A job opportunity can be won or lost by the words one chooses.