I apologize for the absence of my blog last week. I was in a conference and had a meeting with folks afterwards.
After a cursory look into what defines responsibility, I found it is varied as human species is varied. The common theme is that the process of responsibility is typically shifted to someone else rather than the original person taking up the mantle and doing something about the consequences that came with responsibility.
Each of us has a responsibility to one another. Oftentimes, what one does is thought to have no effect on the other. This is a misconception that is highly promoted no matter where we are. It is similar to saying that the quality of education for deaf children is placed squarely on their shoulders rather than accepting responsibility as a whole. People that don’t accept any responsibility accuse deaf people of having third to sixth grade reading levels (commonly touted) like it is entirely their fault.
“It takes a village to raise a child.” -~Chinese Proverb
The concept of responsibility is WHOLE. Each one of us has a part in what we do in life and we can either inadvertently or intentionally influence the outcomes and/or consequences. A deaf child's education is not entirely the deaf child's responsibility; it is also the teachers’ and the parents’ responsibility. Does the education stop there? No, it also includes businesses and administrators that interact with the deaf children, indirectly. What about church, what about Girl/Boy Scouts, or what about the neighborhood?
Responsibility is a heavy burden; making decisions that can achieve either positive, negative or a neutral consequence. Avoiding responsibility still leads to an inevitable consequence.
“One's philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes... and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
This is why human reality is so complex when the simplest answer is beneath one's nose.
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.