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Deaf History That: Education

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It seems like there were many people who had tried to teach deaf children for years. For example, there was a gentleman in Boston whose name was Green, and he had a deaf son. He wanted his son to have a proper education, so Green sent his son to the Braidwood School in Scotland. Another example involves the Bolling family in Virginia. Apparently, there was an occurrence of deaf babies being born in the family. A certain male member of the family had two brothers and a sister who were students of Braidwood School. Even though he was hearing, he had two deaf children, William and Mary. The father had learned that Braidwood, the founder of the school in Scotland, had a grandson who was living in America. So Bolling searched for Braidwood and asked him to teach his children. The Bolling children received education through writing on slates, and William and Mary became the first deaf children in America to receive formal education. However, the schools that Braidwood tried to establish in America had failed because of his inability to be reliable and consistent in his work of teaching children. His lifestyle wasn't on par with the expected behavior of the society. Now we know there were efforts to educate deaf children before Clerc and Gallaudet implemented the American School for the Deaf, which is the first permanent school for the deaf that had influenced others to establish schools in America. Accessibility provided by the U.S. Department of Education.

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Louis Laurent Marie Clerc and Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet established the American School for the Deaf, which is the first permanent school for the deaf in America. However, parents of children who were deaf sought out other educational avenues prior to the establishment of the school. One of those was the Braidwood School in Scotland. Part of the “Deaf History That” series.

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