Re: Hearing Impaired Scouts
Mark S. Nelson (marcello@HOME.COM)
Tue, 3 Feb 1998 12:55:11 +0000
Strommen, Randy wrote:
> I'm sorry, but the renditions listed in the book are for Signed English,
> NOT ASL. We have needed the Deaf Community adults come in and teach our
> boys these items in ASL.
> As an example
> I pledge allegiance
> to the flag of the United States of America
> and to the republic, for which it stands
> One nation, under God,
> with Liberty and Justice for all
> ASL version
> Me Support (sign suppot with strong commitment, not namby pamby)
> flag U-S America
> republic which stands
> One Nation Under God
> Not divisible
> with Liberty Justice (ifs) for A-L-L (A-L-L is finger spelled)
> Scout Law
> A Scout is ....
> Me Scout Same ...
> although we sometimes do A Scout Is..
> Scout Promise
> On my honor
> I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country
> and to Obey the Scout Law;
> To help other people at all times,
> To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
> On My Honor
> Do my best do duty God and Country
> Obey Scout Law
> Help Other People A-L-L Times
> Keep Myself Strong Focused and Do Straight
I do not agree with the American Sign Language (ASL) versions of the
pledge of allegiance, scout oath or scout law. At my school, California
School for the Deaf, Fremont where so many students are fleunty in ASL
and the school adopts ASL as first language, the students are taught
pledge of allegiance in ASL in their classrooms which is fine with me.
But once the scouts come in the scout room, they are NOT ALLOWED to do
pledge of allegiance in ASL. This practice of ASL version will not
prepare them for the Eagle board of review where the scouting staff from
the council would expect them to demonstrate it in right way. And at the
camporees where some Deaf troops are asked to do pledge of allegiance, I
would expect them to say in proper ways so the hearing scouts won't find
it humor, or find it a thing to tease about.
Also, I would like to have my Scouts to be treated same as other scouts
so they would know they are normal, too, except they can't hear. For
example, they are appreciated that at the indoor rally when other
scoutmasters agreed that my troop would be excepted from the requirement
of wearing blindfolds in a relay because they couldn't hear and needed
to use their sights, I intrupted the discussion and told them that I
won't allow that. I wanted them to do the same what other scouts did. I
was sure that they would like to challenge with blindfolds. The scouts
were relieved when I told them what I did.
Mark S. Nelson
Deaf Scoutmaster, Troop 11
California School for the Deaf, Fremont
San Francisco Bay Area Council
Deaf Scout's Honor!
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