Deaf Residential Schools in the US...

Cherie Wren cwterp at YAHOO.COM
Tue Jan 16 01:30:17 UTC 2007

I can't change the rules, I am not an administrator, but I am advocating for their change from 'behind the scenes'.  The people who are in charge are all hearing, at this point.  And in order to change the rules, I have to first change thier minds...  which will take some proof, and a lot of talking. Unfortunately, Deaf Education is run by the hearing.  If I don't 'play their game,' I won't have a job, and then I can't change anything...

----- Original Message ----
From: "James Shepard-Kegl, Esq." <kegl at MAINE.RR.COM>
To: sw-l at
Sent: Monday, January 15, 2007 8:14:57 PM
Subject: Re: [sw-l] Deaf Residential Schools in the US...

Re: [sw-l] Deaf Residential Schools in the US...

on 1/15/07 6:47 PM, Cherie Wren at cwterp at YAHOO.COM wrote:

But in order to get the schools to accept SW, you have to hit them on what THEY think is important:  and that is English.  Period. 


Who are "they"?  The science teachers?  The math teachers?

This is the same mindset that throws qualified Deaf teachers out of schools because they lack high level English literacy, while keeping on hearing teachers who cannot sign fluently.

Respectfully, I submit you should concentrate on changing the rules, rather than playing "their" game.  There are plenty of linguists who will back you up.

A mind, as they say, is indeed a terrible thing to waste -- and too many intelligent, capable Deaf kids are denied quality academia because so much time is dedicated to this notion that if you cannot read English, you deserve to fail, and deserve to be doomed to ignorance.

-- James

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