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Expert: education for the deaf needs improvement

by Francisco Vara-Orta, San Antonio Express-News    |    March 25, 2015

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In a public lecture here Tuesday evening, Gallaudet University assistant professor Catherine O’Brien was sharply critical of how deaf children are educated in the United States, saying school districts should re-examine how they culturally approach teaching the deaf, especially those in minority groups such as Mexican-Americans.

“Why are we still trying to teach a fish to climb a tree?” O’Brien, who is deaf, expressed through a vocal interpreter, getting nods in agreement from the audience at the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Main Campus.


Referring to schools still teaching phonics to the deaf — such as how a letter should sound — she added, “Hello, these are deaf children.”


Teachers often aren’t adequately trained in sign language, making it hard on deaf students who rely on... continue story HERE


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