Thursday, February 15, 2007

Do not feed the animals!



Jay Krieger talks about his experience that he believes are typical with other folks from Deaf schools.

14 comments:

drmzz said...

LOL. Close the "deaf zoos" to the public!

mishkazena said...

Interesting. I didn't know this was conducted at deaf schools. In fact, I am surprised the school authorities would permit this in the first place...

Toby Welch said...

LOL! I want to know what will happen to Deaf students if they feed them? Ha! Maybe like what Carl did with drink.

Regards,
Toby

Jay said...

mishkazena,

Yes it still happens to this day. School authorities see that as an educational moment, but unfortunately, only FOR THEM.

Anonymous said...

felt like this sometimes at gally. busload of clueless hearies would come to the deaf zoo (campus!) for a tour. i always wondered what they took away from that experience.

Anonymous said...

No Shit! :)

Anonymous said...

This isn't confined to campus; As you all may be too aware, this happens pretty much everywhere.

People stare at us Deafies at the mall, dining out, etc. We just get used to some people 'staring' and just tune them out, signing away happily. :)

Anonymous said...

Far out! I agreed that we should go visit "hearing zoos"!! Smile, SKE

Michele said...

Yes I have had the same experience when I was in deaf oral program in public school while I was growing up. It was mostly Japanese people who always came to our school to observe us in action. Now that I am working in a school with disabled kids, I see that happening so it is not only deaf kids. However they must receive permission from the school first and usually teachers will approve it anyway. Parents should make the effort to come and watch but they don't, I'm not sure why, maybe they don't want to see the reality of education or if they come on a regular basis, the teachers will scratch their heads as if what are they trying to do.

Joey Baer said...

At my school, we were doing a deafhood workshop with our students last year, during one activity, our students shared their journey as deaf individuals. One student discussed the very same topic you brought up. She said she felt like deaf students are like guniea pigs. So that feeling is still out there among Deaf children and that has to stop!

Thanks for bringing this up!

Anonymous said...

Funny... but...please... close the curtain behind you!!! Annoying with the bright sunshine shining into the camera. I know there's no harm but the glare... Directly behind your head. Just FYI for future reference.

Anonymous said...

I remembered that when I was little girl, I was in the deaf-oral school, the graduate students came to our school for the obversation/research projects for their universities. Even they were also on the intern program.

I feel like that they "used" us to research to see how much we are in the regular education.

Fookem said...

LOL, good point! I was not thinking about it until you brought it up.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I can understand where you came from. I had gone through that same experience. It could be bothersome if the visitors just stand there and gawking us. I remember this one day when I was in Deaf elementary school and few graduate students came to study us. I had done something different. I approached them and got their involvement with our class activities. I taught them sign language. I even asked them to tell us what was their reason to visit us. I feel that way would set as a best model for them to learn about our success in Deaf Education. We are not wild animals. We are only puppies. You know of old quoation by Jack London, "A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog." Visitors should learn about us by sharing a bone with us, right?