Heather’s World: A Beautiful Place

When she was 5 years old,  Heather Artinian's parents, both Deaf, held firm in their decision to have her remain Deaf rather than to be given cochlear implants that would likely enable her to hear well enough to "cross over" into the Hearing World with ease.  Had the decision been private, or even contained within … Continue reading Heather’s World: A Beautiful Place

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“Smartness” is a Culturally Biased Term (Essay)

Smartness as Property: A Critical Exploration of Intersections Between Whiteness and Disability Studies by Zeus Leonardo & Alicia A. Broderick — 2011 Background/Context: Two scholars who each primarily identify as a scholar of critical race/whiteness studies and a scholar of disability studies, respectively, engage in this article in a purposeful dialogue that responds to the … Continue reading “Smartness” is a Culturally Biased Term (Essay)

Education Reform Movement’s Effect on Teacher Image and Teacher-Student Relationships (article)

Cultural Narcissism and Education Reform Background/Context: Scholars have described American culture in recent decades as narcissistic, manifested by displays of self-absorption tantamount to a pathological syndrome that has reached epidemic proportions. An education reform movement that is highly critical of public schools, teachers, and students has simultaneously emerged, espousing a wide array of seemingly disconnected … Continue reading Education Reform Movement’s Effect on Teacher Image and Teacher-Student Relationships (article)