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should schools offer sign language in addition to foreign languages?

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Started: 4/18/2018 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Debating Period
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"Hi,where can I find the restroom?" This simple sentence might be something non complex to ask or answer however for someone who is deaf it is very difficult to ask this simple question. Communication is an important aspect of our lives, without it we wouldn't be able to send or receive information. Schools see the importance of this but many just offer language studies in Spanish,French,German, and Mandarin Chinese. Most will think isn't that enough? Well most schools leave out a part of our population, the deaf community. People in the United states should realize that the deaf community is left behind and not acknowledge for their amazing way of communicating and wanting to communicate outside of their community, sign language is just as popular and useful as any other languages. According to a research done at University of Gallaudet , school well known for the deaf community, states that 2 to 4 of every 1,000 people are "functionally deaf" and about 600,000 people are deaf in the United States. My argument is that schools should offer sign language in addition to other foreign languages.

Sign Language should be taught at schools in addition to other foreign languages because it is a form of communication, being able to express and understand ourselves and others is important. For example stated by Hayley Berry writer of the Importance of Sign Language claims, "Those who suffer from being deaf and have impaired hearing should not be sheltered from communicating with the rest of their peers. Just because a portion of the population cannot hear or speak, does not mean that their form of communication should not advance along with the rest of the world. Sign language is how the hearing impaired express their feelings, contribute to a conversation, learn, and overall live their lives as normal as possible. Many high schools, colleges, and universities are introducing sign language classes into their course catalogs, and rightfully so. Being that it is 2016 and there are widespread pushes toward equality and inclusion, sign language should be included in this worldly push"(Berry). Our school system should add american sign language to foreign languages to help both hearing and the deaf communicate with each other, no one deserves to be left behind due to a language difference. Students are also willing to learn sign language by downloading multiple sign language apps or visiting websites so why not have the class with children wanting to learn the language.


What I am trying to prove today is why sign language should not be taught in schools. I hope to convince you by saying that this language is not that popular and is almost useless except for people who are deaf or have hearing loss. Wouldn't you rather learn Spanish which is a well-known language and can be used for getting Jobs than sign language which is not very popular amongst Jobs? This is true because it is rare that you see a customer let alone a clerk that is speaking in sign language many are speaking another language other than sign language. The impact of this is that even though you learn sign language who are you going to talk to and what are the chances of you even meeting some who speaks sign language.

Not many people are deaf in the world.

Grounds: According to Gallaudet University "1,000,000 people (0.38% of the population, or 3.8 per 1,000) over 5 years of age are functionally deaf".
Grounds: The profound deaf numbered 890,000 in 1991, according to the hearing Journal. This makes it by far the smallest of the major disabled groups: the 27 million hearing impaired who can hear with amplification, the 16 million wheelchair-bound, the 6 million blind.

Warrant: What this evidence says is that people are rarely deaf and are not even the most important disability so why even teach sign language in school instead we should actually be volunteering and helping those can't see which is by far worse than being deaf.
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Sign language is equally as important as any other language.

Education is always improving and changing, so more and more schools are adding sign language to other foreign languages. According to the Katie Rivito publisher of "Why We Need to Teach ASL in Schools" made in 2016 she states, "As of 2015, 360 million people worldwide are reported to have seriously disabling hearing loss. That is five percent of the world population. In the U.S., American Sign Language is the sixth most used language. Though foreign languages, such as French and Spanish, appear to be more prevalently spoken throughout the world, it is still shocking that there are so many people out there who rely on this method of communication."(Rivito). This comes to show that this language is used more often than not.

People should realize that sign language is as important as any other language because it is used more often around us and most likely to use it than French.

Stated by Robert Charles Lee a lawyer said, "ASL is more widely used throughout the English-speaking world than FSL " that we can be sure of"( Lee).

Sign language is very important.
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Posted by jajbellbee29 3 years ago
my school has ASL
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