HAND, HEART, AND MIND

THE STORY OF THE EDUCATION OF AMERICA'S DEAF PEOPLE

Building toward the 1988 ``revolt'' at Gallaudet University, when student demand for a deaf president raised public consciousness regarding the needs, rights, and capabilities of the deaf, Walker—a sign language interpreter and the daughter of deaf parents—traces the status of the deaf since ancient times. She describes cruel discrimination, based on the belief that the deaf were mentally defective, in Europe and America; early schools in France and Britain; and, especially, the 19th-century efforts of the Gallaudets (father and son) and Alexander Graham Bell to educate the deaf in the US. The feud between Bell, who (with regrettable condescension) espoused what's now called ``mainstreaming,'' and Edward Gallaudet, champion of signing over speech, is perpetuated in the ongoing debate over whether deaf children should be raised as handicapped members of the larger society or as ``Deaf'' people with their own sophisticated language and culture; concluding with an inspiring gallery of role models (deaf lawyers, actors, educators, a figure skater) Walker makes a good case for the evolving Gallaudet philosophy without ruling out the other's benefits. With a good balance between advocacy and illuminating detail, a book that's sure to arouse interest in the deaf and respect for their accomplishments. Ample bibliography; b&w photos and index not seen. (Nonfiction. 10+)

Pub Date: March 1, 1994

ISBN: 0-8037-1225-1

Page Count: 144

Publisher: Dial Books

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 1, 1994

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Carefully researched and chilling, if somewhat overwritten.

COLUMBINE

Comprehensive, myth-busting examination of the Colorado high-school massacre.

“We remember Columbine as a pair of outcast Goths from the Trench Coat Mafia snapping and tearing through their high school hunting down jocks to settle a long-running feud. Almost none of that happened,” writes Cullen, a Denver-based journalist who has spent the past ten years investigating the 1999 attack. In fact, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold conceived of their act not as a targeted school shooting but as an elaborate three-part act of terrorism. First, propane bombs planted in the cafeteria would erupt during lunchtime, indiscriminately slaughtering hundreds of students. The killers, positioned outside the school’s main entrance, would then mow down fleeing survivors. Finally, after the media and rescue workers had arrived, timed bombs in the killers’ cars would explode, wiping out hundreds more. It was only when the bombs in the cafeteria failed to detonate that the killers entered the high school with sawed-off shotguns blazing. Drawing on a wealth of journals, videotapes, police reports and personal interviews, Cullen sketches multifaceted portraits of the killers and the surviving community. He portrays Harris as a calculating, egocentric psychopath, someone who labeled his journal “The Book of God” and harbored fantasies of exterminating the entire human race. In contrast, Klebold was a suicidal depressive, prone to fits of rage and extreme self-loathing. Together they forged a combustible and unequal alliance, with Harris channeling Klebold’s frustration and anger into his sadistic plans. The unnerving narrative is too often undermined by the author’s distracting tendency to weave the killers’ expressions into his sentences—for example, “The boys were shooting off their pipe bombs by then, and, man, were those things badass.” Cullen is better at depicting the attack’s aftermath. Poignant sections devoted to the survivors probe the myriad ways that individuals cope with grief and struggle to interpret and make sense of tragedy.

Carefully researched and chilling, if somewhat overwritten.

Pub Date: April 6, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-446-54693-5

Page Count: 406

Publisher: Twelve

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2009

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THE ABOLITION OF MAN

The sub-title of this book is "Reflections on Education with Special Reference to the Teaching of English in the Upper Forms of Schools." But one finds in it little about education, and less about the teaching of English. Nor is this volume a defense of the Christian faith similar to other books from the pen of C. S. Lewis. The three lectures comprising the book are rather rambling talks about life and literature and philosophy. Those who have come to expect from Lewis penetrating satire and a subtle sense of humor, used to buttress a real Christian faith, will be disappointed.

Pub Date: April 8, 1947

ISBN: 1609421477

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 17, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1947

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