Originally Posted by kokonut
There's a problem in both the Deaf and mainstream schooling system as I see it. The degree and to what extent are what's hard to estimate. Problem is still there. Some are good. Some not. Tell you why, I've friends with mild hearing losses who went to regular school and did fine. So are some of my friends who are profoundly deaf who grew up with SEE are doing great. Some went to mainstreamed school. Some went to deaf schools. Some are hoh. Some are Deaf. And these are these are mostly in my age group, too. But I know that isn't supposed to be a representative example which goes to show just how complex this education system is. The key is parental involvement and that's the common thing I saw with my friends about their parents. They were deeply involved with their educational upbringing.
Since 90% of the students are being educated in the mainstream, the effect that Deaf schools will have on the numbers is minimal. You cannot expect 10% of the students to raise the numbers for 90% of the students.
The point is, since we are seeing the rates we are seeing, why are so many children still being placed in mainstream programs that are not serving their needs?