Saturday, March 11, 2006

saturday morning news and OJ roundup

What? Tropicana's healthier than caffeine....

First, something disgusting:

Click on the picture to see the article, then come back here - This poor woman has fought for a long time to become a teacher. And this is what these redneck, provincial bastards told her:
Snyder ordered Burns to enroll in a speech therapy course, and then present a lesson plan by August 2005 to a council of education professors who would decide if she "was able to enunciate well enough to be a teacher," the suit states. If she failed the presentation test, she would be switched to a noncertified degree track.

Folks, this is more than unfair. This is just monstrously discriminative. I wonder if any Deaf advocacy groups are on this case? I realize she's probably hard-of-hearing, not deaf or culturally Deaf, but this is the kind of case which would legally affect Deaf people everywhere if it goes against her. Can you imagine being told you can't teach unless you can speak to someone else's standards? It's a really bad precedent, legally, and could eventually be used to get rid of Deaf people teaching ASL in hearing schools, too.
Plus, the truth is, I don't even think this is really about her deafness: I think this is a power play. All they have to do is create more and more hurdles for her. They don't even have to see her performance in the classroom. It's like the old days when women were forced to do impossible tasks if they wanted jobs.
Something more positive:

This is from Ireland and shows that people are waking up.
There's some other news stories out there - most seem related to a cut in funding for National Theatre of the Deaf I heard about last year. Anyone know about that?
And now something pretty: me. Of course. Grin! New picture of me as a Guido:


Jt said...

I still smile whenever I think of you back in MSSD- how you've grown since then!

Jamie Berke said...

Good post, Joseph.

I looked for information on deaf teachers in hearing classrooms. Especially deaf teachers who are not sign language teachers, the usual role for a deaf teacher in a hearing classroom.

I found this article about a Canadian deaf teacher in a hearing classroom:

Project Access: Alternatives for Licensure of Deaf Teacher Candidates

American Annals of the Deaf article: Deaf teacher candidates in hearing classrooms: a unique teacher preparation program.
(March 2000)