What is the best approach for teaching students who cannot hear?

The appointment of three new board members at the Indiana School for the Deaf has ignited a debate over the best methods for educating students who cannot hear or who have hearing impairments. The board members, appointed by Gov. Mitch Daniels, favor an approach in which students are taught to speak, listen and read lips. However, many parents at the school favor a focus on American Sign Language, which has been used as the primary method of instruction at the school for decades.

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