Originally Posted by Mr Herbert
thats like claiming Afrikaans is correct and dutch is wrong
Not at all, really. American English is, in many areas, a preserved version of what English was in England before they imported a German king who butchered it, and was imitated by all the elites so as not to appear to be correcting their king. That version became authoritative in England, but not in the american colonies, where the older version remained due to lack of communication. New england, new york and the like developed their own accents over time, but the aristocratically controlled south kept the old accent.
A similar principle applies to Aussies- the Australian dialect is actually one from low class workers in a few concentrated areas, from whence a lot of poor criminals were shipped out to the penal colony.
Afrikaans is later variation of the original Dutch. American english, specifically the form you might find in the old south, is the original, while England underwent a shift in the language.
All that said, I'm not going to be one to claim there's a correct and an incorrect form. Language is defined by usage, and English has an incredibly flexible structure and vocabulary. It formed as a pidgin, after all.