Monday, April 30, 2007

Family Matters: DH #4

Barb DiGi elaborated on the role of deaf girls in the schools for the deaf. How was it different for both genders when it came to communication expectations? Also what were the expectations in the secondary school curriculum for the deaf girls back then? Pictures as far back as 1908 were shared in the video clip. The information was obtained from Deaf History Conference at Gallaudet University and the researcher was Jessica Lee, a PhD student from University of Colorado.

The video is 6:37 minutes long.

Please refer to David Evans's journal to read more about it.

Youtube link will be posted soon.


Lantana said...

I am not quite THAT old, but I went through everything that you mentioned. I can recall having to iron the superintendent's boxer shorts! We had one week per day when we had to iron for the superintendent.

We had a "mother and a father" at each dining room table and my elbows got whacked with a table knife if I so much as rested them on the white table cloth. I had to "try" a little bit of each food that was presented, whether I liked it or not. Milk toast anyone?? :(

I grew up with "hospital corners" and a housemom that did the "white gloves" thing while we were all in school, and if we messed up, we had to do it all over again after school.

The dining room was segregated, males on one side, females on the other. Alot of necks got stretched from trying to communicate with their sweetie!

Once a month the superintendent would take turns eating at one of our dining room tables. We had to dress extra nicely for that and the table was set "formally" and we had to use the proper utensils for the proper type of food. Soup spoons, salad forks, the whole works!

Lantana's Latitude

Karen Mayes said...

Lantana, you sound THAT old (just kidding ;-) ) Wow, the expereiences you shared with us... that is interesting, to give us an idea of the fading days of deaf dorms/schools before the boys and girls were given the equal rights in the education (thank goodness!)

The way the sexes were taught in academics is interesting... and of course, I wonder if there were any girls who rebelled against it? I wonder if the first females who were admitted into Gallaudet were taught the same way the young men were taught?

mule4350 said...

Well Thank you for sharing about DEAF women and I never thought of it till it found more information on them and Deaf would be pride to know more history