Even though he faced all of these problems and difficulties, he was not able to stand up for himself. The reason for that was the unfavorable attitude of his grandparents, hearing relatives, and medical professionals toward his deafness, which in turn contributed to solidification of deafness as a bad thing in his consciousness. Thus he failed to defend himself. Moreover, the other reason for this was that he never thought that he was treated unfairly just because he was deaf. Therefore, he believed if he wasn’t able to grasp what was going on in the Hebrew School, this should have been his fault.
2- Mark confronted several important issues during this part of his life. Pick one issue you find distributing and/or thought provoking then explain in several sentences how this particular one affected you.
From my standpoint, the educational options for deaf children were the most important issue that might negatively affected the lives of deaf individuals. In chapter five, the author described his experience of attending the Germantow Friends School, which was a huge school with about nine hundred students. Furthermore, he indicated to the deep pain when he felt isolated among hearing students; he wasn’t even able to understand conversations around him. He also pointed out on the frustrating experience and how difficult it was for him to make a friendship with hearing students and read or grasp others’ lips. He explained the feeling of loneliness because he could not communicate easily with his classmates and teachers. In addition, he described his disappointment when his teacher asked him to wear his hearing aids and sit in the front. Actually all these feelings of pain, frustration, and isolation strongly affected me. Especially when the author described his impression about the time he spent at the Germantow Friends School”I was often like a fish out of water.” (Drolsbaugh, 1997, p.43). This quotation makes me feel his fear of being powerlessness, ...Show more