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There are 2 comments on A New Era of Deaf Education

  1. This is a wonderful milestone the Horrace Mann School. However, I feel this article oversimplified some local history to make the case for ASL. The most intense disagreements about the relative merits of lip-reading and sign language were actually between Mabel Bell and Edward Gallaudet. I think the record shows that Gallaudet considered A. G. Bell’s methods as unintellectual, and Mabel Bell felt that Gallaudet was out of touch with the alienation of being deaf in a social context. To help appreciate the contributions of A.G. Bell, one should start with the story of Hellen Keller who came to BU from Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown and, with the help of A. G. Bell’s tutoring, went on to Radcliffe College. There are a lot of things that biographies of Bell get wrong, and more recent research clearly makes the case that BU can do a lot to portray A. G. Bell’s contributions in a more constructive light.

  2. Thanks to Dr. Hoffmeister’s efforts, my Japanese university students were able to participate in a summer intensive ASL/English language program hosted by the BU School of Education from 2008 to 2013. They were all hearing students learning English in Japan and about 150 students in total joined Mr. Bucci’s ASL classes. Mr. Bucci always stressed that hearing people and deaf people were equal and he never forgot to turn our attention to Japanese Sign Language and Japanese deaf people. Most of the students are now doing a good job as teachers in various parts of Japan. My heartfelt thanks go to Dr. Hoffmeister, affectionately known as Bob, and his incredibly wonderful team for empowering hearing students, especially prospective future teachers, to pursue new lines of thinking and new perspectives for people who might be viewed as different. Bob, the BU ASL Program was awesome and its legacy will continue to BU Wheelock College of Education & Human Development.

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