I'll admit, I've often wondered if Scout has a point. I've heard several actors or actresses speak English "correctly" when acting in a film, but then they revert to a more ethnic accent when giving interviews. If they were British, that would be one thing, but since they're able to speak English the "right" way on film, why not just do it all the time? Of course this leads to the inevitable question: which American accent is even "correct"? Surely not Southern, or New York, or Pittsburghese. Perhaps mid-western, though not Alaskan. Maybe it's western, though not Canadian. There's too many variations just within this one country that it's hard to pick a "correct" version at all.
The conversation today was enlightening. Some students were adamant everyone should speak English "correctly" while others had a more open attitude. I suppose that's always the big debate; as long as people understand you in the way you wish to be heard...does it matter if you're "correct" or not?