Jackie..u said this:
There no acceptable reason to be close mind. We can learn new things if our mind is closed. We can work with each other if our minds are closed. We can find solutions together if our mind is closed. Times are changing and we cannot stay the same that is not going to help anyone.
This is what I am referring to being closed minded about..see below
Originally Posted by jillio
I respect your decisions with your children. And the middle of the road is Bi-Bi. By definition an oral approach is at the other end of the spectrum. And anytime you advise a parent of a deaf child to wait until they have become so language delayed at the age of 5 before introducing sign language you have crossed into the facet of the practice of oralism that is extemely harmful to deaf children. My problem is not with your children. You are the one that used your children as an example, and therefore, that has been the example that Ih ave responded to. My problem is anyone who advances the oral methodology as first choice, and sign or TC as something to be resorted to only if oralism fails. This is the practice that creates deficits in our deaf students. And if you choose to take that risk with your own children, then that is your choice and I assume that as a parent, you will deal with the consequences of your choice. However, to advise other parents to take this risk, and especially to advise based on erroneous information such as sign impeding oral skills, is something that I cannot have tolerance for. That does nothing but obscure the truth and prevent us from making the changes in our educational system that would actually benefit the deaf student based on nothing more than communication preference of the parent.
How can one be open minded about this issue? Unless u and others think that is ok but for me I am not ok with taking risks to deaf/hoh children's language development like that so with that issue, I refuse to open my mind about cuz I dont see a justification for allowing deaf children to be language deprived if they are not able to pick up oral language and then being exposed to signing at an older age. That's what I meant about Jillo being close minded..just only with that issue alone. Like she said, that's where the BiBi approach comes in..it is using both instead of at being the extreme ends of the spectrum. Jillo and I are not saying ASL only for deaf ed...just use both. So, u want a middle ground, then that would be using both approaches to all deaf/hoh children from the very start.