March 9, 2001
The Silent Challenge
Researchers test a new method of teaching deaf children how to read
When it comes to educating deaf children, schools should give themselves an F. On average, deaf teenagers graduate from high school with reading skills no better than a fourth-grade hearing child's.
The problem starts during the initial stages of learning how to read. Take the word "cat," for example. Young hearing children may sound it out letter by letter: "Kuh," they may say, and then "tuh," and finally they