All things considered, is there ANY Point launching a BSL class in the mainstream at all? it doesn't look as if deaf will be taught it, and only 2% actually rely on it.
An investigation by a UK Deaf Children’s Society has revealed that services are being cut by an average of 10%. This follows reports that deaf education is already “in complete disarray” due to cuts to specialist teachers.
News of the latest cutbacks has provoked anger among the deaf community who rightly fear that this loss of resources and expertise will have a detrimental impact on the life chances of deaf people.
These developments – while firmly situated in the current climate of austerity and cuts to public services – reflect a long history of the denigration and marginalisation of deaf people.
In the 18th century, deaf people were often cast as animal-like or “brutes”. This was because language was seen as a primary indicator of humanity. Humans differed to animals because they could speak.
ATR SAYS: (alarmist and opportunist claptrap !), where do they find these 'journalists'? The writing looks on the wall for singular approaches to deaf education, doesn't it? There is no balance printed on educating the deaf or the policies of inclusion. Yet, they demand more teachers in BSL and nation-wide classes for hearing, at the same time have poor access to the means to use it outside the deaf world as terps can currently, support just 27% of the signing deaf, and there are few hearing learners taking up a sign as a vocation, because of arbitrary skill judgement, due to regional disagreements, and expensive fees to learn.