Saturday, March 17, 2007

How YOU can make a difference!

Jay Krieger discusses different levels of granularity and helps you figure out where your passion is at which level, then you can start to try to make a difference there.


Deaf Niches said...

Good posting.

I am sure there are MANY people who would contribute a lot to the deaf education here in America and I applaud them for their hard work.

Jean Boutcher said...

I appreciate your philosophical observations and viewpoints -- very logical. Wish you would teach at Gallaudet! Or serve on the BoT.
Please send me your bio for nominations. My email address is

Judge said...

Interesting perspective!

The concept is not limited to this educational system, it also applies to friends, local club, statewide organization, nationwide organization, and etc.

Good one!

Get out of house and play in snow if you have..

Toby Welch said...

Jay, good post! My concerns is that there are not many Deaf educators in America. We need more Deaf educators to change education system. If we decide to change education system, hearing educators would not know how to teach Deaf students with Bi-Bi Education. I am with you and willing to fight and change education system.

I am currently student at Lamar University. They have master's degree in Deaf Education/Deaf Studies. It is about 30-40 Deaf students there in master's degree program. Most of Deaf students said they will not teach Deaf program in public or Deaf school. They want to teach ASL program in college level. The reason they want to do is because they hate paperworks. They know Deaf program has a lot of paperworks to fill out for IEP, No Child Left Behind, ARD, etc. They don't want to spend time on paperworks and want to focus on Deaf education. I hope that they will change something. NCLB really hurts Deaf programs.

Your post is valid for all Deaf people to see and decide what to do with their passion in Deaf students' education for future.

Keep vlogging.

Deaf Niches said...

Toby, really? They don't want to teach deaf children? Paperwork? That is sad... sounds like misplaced passion. We have enough of ASL teaching (as a 2nd or foreign language) to hearing people.

Perhaps you could let the deaf students in your classes know about this and hopefully that would help them become aware of the need for deaf education of deaf children, hmmm???

IamMine said...

Well, that's pretty a good question to ask, Jay.

You got me thinking...and I'm not feeling too great coming up with an answer for myself, because I'm NOT sure where I want to be to help.
I have never been involved in any sort of education for the deaf - whether it be a pebble or at the end of yellow tape.

I'll have to think long and hard.

But, for now...I'll be encouraging those to show more vlogs of children being taught in ASL and written English to show hearing parents the proof of success.

DS said...

Can you move to Boston? I had enjoyed your unique perspective. BTW, I caught your cat walking by. How cute.

mishkazena said...

Jay, I love your use of analogies to illustrate your point for other readers to see where they can contribute to whatever their passions are. Blogs/vlogs have an incredible impact on different aspects of Deaf Community. Yet there are other things deaf people can do, participating on a local, regional, or national level, for example, participating in committees, sending letters to state governments, and encouraging other deaf people to join in, et cetera, creating a strong ripple effect overall. There is a tremendous untapped source of power yet to be harvested, but once it is utilized, we as a whole community, will be a force to be reckoned.

Jessica said...

Another way to look at it is before reaching to say, the national level, I gain experience at the local level then the state level so that I can serve better at the national level where I am familiar with local and state issues. Even in each level has its own levels as well.

Michele said...

Yes we need more outspoken deaf people on every levels, especially ones who can powerfully persuade hearing people in passing laws or whatever and have knowledge and strong connections with the public out there. I admire Matt (the midget or dwarf man) in the television program, "Big World, Little People", he is a little man/father of five children, is a very successful businessman and is savvy when he comes in dealing with people. He travels all over the country to meet with hotel executives to persuade them to buy special equipment for midget/dwarf people to use in the hotel rooms to make rooms more accessible for them. People generally like him because he is so charmastic and friendly and easygoing. He is not afraid to talk about his disability and will go to schools to explain to children about his disability. If we could only persuade television company to film a deaf family, I think we would make a very big impact on how we live, how we communicate and all that and perhaps make ourselves more visable and people would be more likely to feel comfortable and work with us.

Anonymous said...

Toby is right about a deaf education system in a public or deaf school that teachers have to do a lot of paperworks since one of my very good friend, he work as a deaf teacher at deaf resident school, he really enjoy teaching all deaf students, but he was not thrilled about do a paperwork. I agreed with Toby that we need to change an education system. I am used to be ASL teacher for a local community for a couple of years, If I am a teacher, I would teach in a college level, too.

Susan said...

Interesting way to look at it, comparing with squashed worms and the overall view :)

You got me thinking!

todos la vie said...

Hi Jay,

I think also, in life, it depends on where the person is to be able to make a difference. Sometimes the environment doesn't provide access as a place to fulfill her passion and dreams.

Toby, I think paperwork becomes second-handed to those who truly have a true passion in teaching deaf kids.

grantlairdjr said...


It reminds me of "The Village" -- where everyone make difference in growing every child.

Thanks for sharing it with us.