The Need for a Communication/Language-Driven Educational System Lawrence Siegel, Powrie V. Doctor Chair, Gallaudet University 1. “Society exists in and through communication.” John Dewey PROPOSED :
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“Society exists in and through communication.” John Dewey
“Language is inseparable from human beings. [It] is the instrument with which we form thought and feeling, mood, Inspiration, will…it is the ultimate & deepest foundation of human society.” .” Louis Hjelmslev, Prolegomena to a Theory of Language, University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, 1961, 77.
“The 1st Amendment is not concerned with the right of the speaker of this or that. It is concerned with the authority of the [receivers] of information to meet together and discuss….”
Alexander Meiklejohn, Political Freedom (1948)
The Constitution “protects the right to receive information & ideas & access to social, political, aesthetic, moral and other ideas & experiences.” Kleindeist v. Mandel (U.S. Supreme Court, 1972)
“Our Bill of Rights is designed to secure individual liberty [and] affords the formation and preservation of certain kinds of highly personal relationships a substantial measure of sanctuary from interference by the State…personal bonds have played a critical role in the culture and traditions of the Nation by cultivating and transmitting shared ideals and beliefs.” Roberts v. U.S. Jaycees(U.S. Supreme Court, 1984, 468 U.S. 609, 623)
“All deaf and hard of hearing children are entitled to, and must have a language-rich educational experience. They must have the opportunity to develop age-appropriate language skills and to be in a classroom and school where communication is fully available, where there is a critical mass of communication peers and where staff can communicate effectively and directly with them [and] an educational system that formally recognizes that communication is at the heart of human and academic growth.”
The National Deaf Education Project, 2000