It hasn't been done before ? Why ? The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind will implement new bilingual-bicultural teaching methods in its deaf departments beginning Monday.
Jeanne Prickett, the FSDB president, said under the “bi-bi” philosophy, students will be taught exclusively in American Sign Language while learning to read and write in English. In previous years, the campus instituted simultaneous communication or “simm-comm” methods, which allowed teachers and staff to speak while signing.
But parents were concerned simm-comm inhibited deaf students’ ability to learn because of its shorthand communication style. In a month-long protest at the end of last school year, parents and students claimed speech on campus and in classrooms marginalized effective communication and created bias between those who could and couldn’t hear.