2:3 Friday, March 10, 2000
Educating Outside the Box
Robert L. Osgood's For "Children Who Vary from the Normal Type:" Special Education in Boston, 1838-1930 makes its print debut this month, kicking off the Press's Spring 2000 season. In this perceptive study, Osgood examines the impact that Boston's innovative special education programs have had on the discipline throughout the nation. "[B]y 1930, the Boston schools had a system of programs for students with identified disabilities considerably more mature and extensive than most if not all urban American school systems," Osgood writes in his introduction. The author approaches the subject as both an historian and an educator, analyzing the chronicle of events while meditating upon the difficult and persistent questions of inclusion and integration.
Excerpted here is the beginning of Chapter Four, The Emergence of Special Education. In this section Osgood addresses the state of special education at the turn of the century, the time in which the extensive nineteenth-century research on students with disabilities finally began to translate into targeted, educational programs. For "Children Who Vary from the Normal Type" is currently available to our newsletter subscribers at 20% off the regular price. Click here to order For "Children Who Vary..." now.
David F. Armstrong, newly appointed editor of William Stokoe's Sign Language Studies, recently spoke with the Press News about the signifcance of SLS's past and where he hopes to take the journal in the future. The Press acquired SLS last year and, following its three-year hiatus, will be reintroducing it under Armstrong's guidance this fall. Read this interview, or take advantage of our special pre-publication discount and order Sign Language Studies now.
Horst Biesold's Crying Hands, a history of the persecution of Deaf people in Nazi Germany, received deserving praise in the February issue of CHOICE magazine. "Biesold's narrative is written with both compassion for the victims and passionate anger toward the perpetrators," wrote M. Deshmukh of George Mason University. Read this review, or read an excerpt from Chapter One.
Mary Herring Wright, author of Sounds Like Home: Growing Up Black and Deaf in the South, will be participating in a panel discussion on multiculturalism and deafness, 10:45 a.m. Saturday March 11th at the Gallaudet University Kellogg Conference Center. Ms. Wright will be available to sign books both after the discussion and at the Press exhibit in the Conference Center at 2:45 p.m. The latter event will be open to the public. Contact the Press at 202.651.5488 for more information.