Controversy has raged among educators and professionals working with children with profound hearing loss about whether deaf children benefit from learning sign language. Whereas some argue that sign is the natural language of the deaf, others believe that sign may inhibit the ability to learn vocal and written language. In West Africa for example, the major centres of economic growth are located within 150 miles of the coast. Opportunities for employment either in industrial or in agricultural areas are greater along the coast where most of the capital cities and major seaports are located. It is not surprising therefore that there is a marked relocation of population from interior to the coastal areas.
You’re so right, Pathways Preschool. A warm, loving, and inspiring teacher makes all the difference. However, the school’s program must allow her to shine. If the adult to student ratio is too high or if the owner demands too many structured activities, she’ll become frustrated and defeated. There’s a huge turnover rate for preschool teachers because of the lack of respect and low wages. Parents may choose a school because of a certain teacher, but there’s no guarantee she’ll stay around.
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While some religious types may have enough education, it’s amazing how many keep their minds closed from gaining a better undestanding of the real world so they can apply their education towards advancing rational thought in line with real humanistic values.
PBS Kids hosts some terrific educational material for children and their Between the Lions reading games and interactives are among the best. There are read-along folktales and fables with a twist, clever song videos of letter sounds, and amusing games.
I did read your comments Deidre and I just happen to disagree not from people who write about this, but from living the experience. I only know that my son is ahead of the class with reading in a mainstreamed environment with having ASL as his first language. And you are biased if you are using dogma ideas when you are talking about someone’s culture or ideas that you disagree with. It’s not a religion but a culture which is quite obvious to most people. My prior post is also not shown here. All the best to you and yours.