• Communication is vital as a child/teenager

    Kids of the ages between preschool and high school need to be able to communicate with other people their age. For kids who are deaf or mute, they cannot as easily communicate with others because of the language barrier. Kids who rely on sign language need to know that they are included and understood among their peers in this essential growing period.

  • ASL should be offered as a language in school

    As of 2014, 360 million people worldwide has moderate to profound hearing loss. 36 million American adults, or 1 out of 10, report some degree of hearing loss. About 2 to 3 out of every 1,000 children in the United States are born with a detectable level of hearing loss in one or both ears.
    These are major statistics, the odds of you encountering someone who's deaf is 1 in 50. Learning the basics of ASL would be beneficial to that, and just learning the basics isn't going to kill you.

  • I totally agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I am taking a sign language class in college and I love it! It is a beautiful language and I think that everyone should be a part of it. It will definitely take some time to learn, but I promise you, it will be worth every second! Seriously, go try it!

  • Yes, yes, yes, yes

    My brother is deaf so my family and i use sign language everyday and he has to go to a disabled school and people also make fun of him because he cant speak or hear them.
    O totally agree with sign language should be taught to children. I am doing an essay on sign language so if any one has any comments please do so

  • Some children have no choice to need to learn the language or not.

    I think that ASL should be taught in schools because there is a lot of children who are born deaf and their parents possibly don't think that they are having as hard a time as they actually are. I think we need to support these children and help them learn a way to communicate, if everyone at the school is learning the same language then the deaf children will have an easy way to talk to one another and then do not get isolated like they are being now. We need to take action and help the child being isolated with no choice to fix it.

  • Yes It should

    The Department of Education found out that people can be deaf that varies to 42,000 to 700,000. But there are 70,000 to 100,000 are actually deaf. This second language “sign language” will have an increase of developing a child's fine motor skills. And also sign language is spreading around the world.

  • It should be taught .

    I think Sign language should be taught in schools because it has so many benefits, one is that you can talk to the deaf, another is that it's a neat skill to learn! And many people are deaf or hearing-impaired so it would be very beneficial to learn in school.

  • Yes it should

    Could help a lot with people who cant hear and people who can. It could be benefited in a job and in a life or death situation anyone can use it at anytime it would also be a cool talent to show friends and impressive for new jobs on your own!

  • It should 100% be taught.

    If this was taught in schools, or even an option to have this taught in schools, there would not be such a barrier between the deaf/hearing loss and the hearing community. It should be started from when we are children. That way if a foreign language was wanted to learn, one could easily do all 3.

  • Its a smart idea

    I think its a good idea my mom is deaf and she did not have that in school people used to make funny of her in school and my brother said that he felt bad for her. Also i think it would be a good idea because they could help people that need it

  • Isn't worth it

    Why spend so many hours on something so stupid. Deaf people are so hypocritical, the hearing people make something to heel their disability (a cochlear implant) and the majority of them just reject it and throw it away. You live in our world so if you want to survive, then get a hearing aid or cochlear implant. If you don't, then don't expect any changes.

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  • Time and funding is finite

    With school scores in the US at appalling lows, funding and time should be focused on more applicable skills. Given that .38% of the US population are deaf, the benefit is infinitesimal for the cost. Use the students' and teachers' time well and train them in practical skills, or at least a language that is used by at least 1% of the population.

  • It would be a little hypocritical

    To be honest I totally think everyone should learn sign language, any language in fact. It would be awesome and help children learn so many other things.

    The only reason I choose this side is because you look up the opinion for should every child be required to learn native american and you will find its a lot of no's . Learn the background of your country and teach your children before you teach them sign language

  • No It Shouldn't

    I do not believe sign language should be taught to children. I think the concept on sign language is important to relate to children and it is important for them to understand what it is, but the time it would take to fully teach it, really needs to spent on learning English, learning reading and math, and other required subjects. Sign language is important but many people will live their life without any real use for sign language. I'm 30 years old and I've never been in a situation where I needed it.

  • 360,000,000 people world wide are reported to have serious disabling hearing loss - ASL is the 6th most used language

    Research indicated that children who learned sign language at a young age had higher IQs than their peers who didn't learn sigh language. Also, those who are deaf can be included and hearing children who learn it are more likely to have better relationships with family and friends as they understand concepts like compassion and inclusion.
    Please read - "Why We Need To Teach ASL in School" Odyssey at SUNY Geneseo and many other articles available to enlighten you on this important topic

  • It Shouldn't because:

    1.Firstly the power of 'Words' will be underestimated
    2.Secondly every student's body language will be more or less the
    same as they are learning it from the same teacher,enviroment etc...
    3.This course can be replaced/substituted with something more
    beneficial like foreign language courses etc...
    4.Tbh: this is just a waste of time!

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