Sign language classes in public schools

Sign language classes in public schools

Learning a second language at an early age is an invaluable skill and while the Scottish education system has done a wonderful job at encouraging children to learn Spanish and French, I believe that our children would benifit immensely from the inclusion of Brittish Sign Language in the curriculum. An increased fluency rate in BSL would massively improve the quality of life for deaf/HOH, mute and otherwise nonverbal disabled people. Not only would it make their day to day lives easier by increasing their ability to communicate and giving them more opportunity to work in social fields, it would encourage children to learn about and develope a respect for the disabled. I urge the Ministry of Education to add BSL to Primary School curriculums and to aim for all children to have a conversational ability in BSL by the age of sixteen.


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