Originally Posted by Lissa
To explain, the school that deafdyke posted a link to is actually my former school. And I just wanted to point out then back then and even now, all the kids loved going to school, there was hardly any absenses. My mum said I absolutely adored loved going to school. You all may not think it's the appropriate setting for a deaf child but for me it was perfect!! I had the best of both worlds, I was exposed to sign many times throughout the day, but I'm just one of the people, where sign is very beneficial to have receptively but not expressively.
But now I think all deaf schools should have both languages at the same time, or at least sign for the majority of it.
I think the question is how to balance everything. We definitly should not have a Clarke style education where education= basicly oral training. Did you know that even TODAY, Clarke students get speech therapy THREE times a DAY?!?!? I for one see oral education as basicly an eternal speech therapy session. No kid should have to go through something like that. But, that's not to say that some oral training might not be helpful. Especially since most general speech therapists/speech teachers tend to have very little experiance teaching dhh kids. So by the school providing speech services...ala the program at shel's school, kids can work with speech teachers/speech therspists who are actually experianced with working with dhh kids!