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should sign language be taught in schools?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by alan g a, Apr 3, 2011.


  1. alan g a

    alan g a Hello ev'ry body peeps. Stavross 'ere init.

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    I have pretty good hearing but learned how to sign. Since then I have become friends with some deaf people. I have been asked translate on occation and have been happy to help. It is my oppinion that sign language sould be taught in school. Not only would deaf people benefit from this, but would make children more aware of deafness and to treat sufferers of deafness with more respect.
    What is your oppinion?
     
  2. poohdog

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    I learned to sign too from having deaf mates many years ago...but most of them could lip read anyway.
    While a handy thing to know I think wiring a plug or money management and how not to get in debt to the banks would be more important subjects.
     
  3. Bandy

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    Sure, why not.

    Im sure there'd be interest if the course was offered...but not as a required subject.
     
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    Kids are pretty good at signing already:D:D:D:D:D:D if you get what i mean.
     
  5. GoldenShadow

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    There is a time issue of course and fitting everything into the curriculum. I know after school clubs who do it and I'm not too sure if there is the time or space. Saying that I don't recall ever having met somebody who signs/is deaf hence I don't know when I'd use it.
     
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    i reckon get rid of religous studys or re what ever they call it and replace it with sign language at least the kids will be learning some thing they may use later in life
     
  7. GoldenShadow

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    I'd rather keep RS tbh I think it's bad how Xmas and Easter are so commercialised yet a lot of kids have no historical knowledge of where it even came from :)

    Plus I only ever had that for one hour a week and it's because there was an exam to take in it anyway. I've already forgotten most of my gcse French from three years ago I figure sign language would be the same for me hence at gcse and the like I wouldn't have chosen a language if I had the choice.

    Everyone can pick options at gcse in terms of not doing RS and the like but in primary schools I don't know if they have time to fit in another subject area when they want to bring French in for five year olds as it is etc.
     
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    i dont want to hijack this thread so wont go on but just want to say

    if they would teach your religon then fair enough

    but why should you have to learn hindu muslim etc etc

    why dont they teach pagan??

    religon is a load of crap anyway

    jesus was a space man nasa have the ship

    and if he was so good blah blah

    why was he nailed to cross to die ?????


    any way back on subject
     
  9. Bandy

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    :blink:

    Christianity....one womans lie about infidelity that's gone way too far.

    :D
     
  10. alan g a

    alan g a Hello ev'ry body peeps. Stavross 'ere init.

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    I agree. Religion should be a personal choice and not rammed down your throat. Why should a Hindu have to learn about Christianity?
     
  11. hazel pritchard

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    the nursary my 3 yr old grandaughter goes to teaches signing, i think its a great idea,she loves to watch a tv programme called Mr Tumble, he signs, and teaches the children at the same time,
     
  12. Amethyst

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    Ah, Mt Tumble, I think that is a great programme, my niece's little ones watch it :)

    So yes, I think Sign language, even basics would be a great addition to the school curriculum. It would also teach children about differing "needs" in society.

    Off topic, but as mentioned, I do think "religion" should be taught/discussed (not preached) encompassing as many spiritual beliefs as possible, in an easy to understand way. We live, like it or not, in a multi cultural/religious society and we will only exist together if we try and understand each other :)
     
  13. lizzyboo

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    all the children (and staff) are taught how to sign in the school i work in.
    we are a school with a hearing impaired unit attached, in my class i have two hearing impaired children and although they can lip read better than me its nice to be able to sign to them too. im not fluent in sign, i can only do the minimum but it gets me by when i need to use it.
    when we have assemblies and we sing, we always sign the song too and to be honest when you look around the room and you see every child having a go it really is an emotional sight.

    i am all for it......... bring it into the national curriculum!
     
  14. Amethyst

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    That sounds great :)
     
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    It would have been a lot more useful to me than learning French!
     
  16. MissShelley

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    That's Makaton. The signing varies form BSL...

    I use Makaton with the children in my Nursery, It's brilliant for the younger ones who have the comprehension but where their speech is still developing so, they can use Makaton to make themselves understood a bit better.... I like to use it because it reinforces the speech :)
     
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    Same here :rolleyes:

    I wish I had learned some in nurse training, wonder if they teach any basics now during their degree? I learnt via nurse training school and on the wards ... Nice if they did :)
     
  18. Savahl

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    I went to a cofe schoole where RS was a core subject. It wasnt preachy, it wasnt forced down our throats (and i am agnostic so non religious), and in todays society i believe its important that we know whats what. We had to learn about all the major religions and as such dispells certain mistruths about them, so i think RS is an important factor when trying to stamp out racism and bigotry in our society,


    As for sign language...i think there would be call for it as an optional subject, its probably more useful to alot of people in everyday life than french or german.
     
  19. Mum2Alfie

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    Alfies school is an intergrated school, specialising in deaf children. It is added in to classes just by using it while the teacher talks. Alfie knows alot of sign language and cause it is used just in the class room, its not considered to be anything different and I think thats a great way to do it. There are after school clubs that the kids can take if they want to take them to learn more and quicker. But I think its a great idea. Its not only used for deaf children it helps autistic children and downs children who struggle with their speech. There are children in the school who stand at the front with a teacher in assembly who sign to the children to help them understand what is going on and I think its amazing! It shouldnt be in the curriculum, but as I said if it is used just in the class even if its just basic it would be a start.
     
  20. nikki2009

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    my little girl who is 4 got taught sign language at pre school and she realy enjoyed it
    i would like to see it taught in schools it would be a good thing to learn
     
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