I am a book lover. I got a Kindle for my birthday last year. I still love books, the feel, the smell and the flipping of pages. Kindle has its use (as well as any computerized books), I do not have to lug tons of books with me when I travel.
Reading is a life saver for me. I did create a survey some years ago on the local folks about reading and a large percentage of them will read if they HAVE to, not because they will enjoy it. Often the reason is that they enter school at the age of 3 or 5 with little to no language skills to begin with. Communication is insufficient when it comes to little to no language access at home. The same still stands today when we have a 'controversy' over the use of language with children, whether they wear technology or not. The fact for me remains is this, both languages are critical for deaf and hard of hearing children. Both languages need not to be 'crutches' in the avenue of education and self-motivation.
Well other than that, my grandmother and mother are vicarious readers and I picked up on that starting to read about 2 and half years old, my eyes visually thirst for information and images that tell stories. I can tell stories if they come from books. Creating stories is a whole new book itself. So in my Kindle, I have different categories of library books (yes, I can electronically borrow books! Nice for trips), deaf related books, desktop (meaning calendar, dictionaries and etc; I need to get a thesaurus), classics and naturally games, mostly word games.
Anyhow, back to the topic of this post. I was looking on Amazon one of those days doing some research and this book came up "Deaf Eye Satisfy" and naturally that attracted my attention due to the title being in ASL word order and in gloss format. I thought it was going to be a long book, oh no, it was short and I was sad about the ending.
Basically, this book talks about English and Literature, deaf-hearing and deaf-deaf relationships and how religion can interfere in the education of the deaf. The main character is hearing with some deaf community background in his upbringing. The members of the class are students who struggle with the issue of deaf versus hearing, which includes technology or lack thereof and the quality of language skills. One interesting aspect was the protagonist was beginning to assign labels to individual students and find out in the process he was mostly wrong because of the limitations provided by the education system and his co-workers with exception of one and the superintendent of the school.
The main goal of the book is talking about language and personal growth as the students are high school students and they are inadequately prepared for the real world, especially with the mind set of many of the family members and employers that deaf and hard of hearing people are lazy, uneducated and so forth. The protagonist shares an idea, again has to do with literature, personal growth and team work with the superintendent and he gives the green light at a great risk.
I really loved the book and was remembering some antics from my time as a student at deaf school and naturally was not surprised at some of the behaviors that took place. It was amazing that the ending which I was looking for a glimmer of hope, there was not one. What a brutal reality we live in.
If there are some books that you want me to read and comment on, please feel free to share. I may comment on some of the books covering societal changes that influence the use of language and culture within. I will see if I can borrow the book, if available at my local library.
To Be Whole
Currently I am an ASL teacher at a local college and at an high school. I received my Masters in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University. At home, I am an activist within the community, Northwest Indiana. My son is in first grade and my daughter goes to E.C.L.I.P.S.E. ASL Preschool. Change begins with you and change is effective with a team.