Courses for Graduates

'Courses for Graduates' here indicates the courses taken by the students who have finished three years of education at NRG Junior High School.The chart on the right shows what high schools the graduates of the junior high went on to.The small number of the junior high graduates reflects the fact that many children are integrated into ordinary schools at an earlier stage before finishing junior high school.

According to the 1994 Research Papaer of National Association for the Principals of Special Schools, only 2.6% of graduates of public junior high schools for the hearing-impaired progressed to ordinary high schools, and 95.5% of the graduates went on to high schools for the hearing-impaired. The percentage of NRG students who progressed into ordinary high schools is dramatically high, which is another characteristic of NRG.

The jobs NRG graduates found had been limited to tailoring, barbering, printing or woodwork. However, since the law of promoting employment for the handicapped was revised in 1976, job opportunities for the handicapped have increased. Most of the graduates have been able to obtain almost any kind of job without restrictions caused by hearing-impairment. The list of NRG graduates shows that they now work for banks, insurance companies, manufacturers, government offices and many other occupations. The number of the graduates who have responsible positions in the workplace has been increasing. Those who can use telephones while working have been on the increase. There are not a few who use signing in communicating with hearing-impaired people, though they use the auditory-oral way while talking to others. However, in case they cannot communicate well only by speakinbg and hearing, they write what they want to say to make sure of being clearly understood. They say it is. most important to communicate correctly and to have an ability to manage their work, so if their speaking ability is not enough, they supplement it with their reading and writing abilities in order to cope on equal terms with people who have normal hearing. Cochlear implants and newly developed hearing-aids have come to benefit them in making their speech more intelligible and more natural.

A path of a graduate

The following was written by one of the graduates of NRG. After finishing NRG, he proceeded to an ordinary high school and university. Since graduating from university, he has been working for a big computer manufacturer as a researcher.

My parents felt very uneasy as I had never uttered a word even when I was two years old. They took me to Keio University Hospital, where they were informed that my hearing disability could never be cured. They were stunned by the diagnosis and frozen in despair for some time in the waiting room of the hospital. My mother was distressed to think that I would never hear, speak, or even enjoy listening to music throughout my life.

Recently I often hear many people criticizing the auditory-oral way of learning, but I think their criticism is mostly anachronistic. The auditory-oral way of education has been making progress with technological developments in audiology and medicine. The advancement of studies about the brain pertaining to auditory and language nervous system is remarkable. According to the development of image technology regarding the function of brain, cerebral action can be observed in realtime, which comes to reveal how the auditory and language nerves work in the brain. I am sure such newest research will promote the auditory-oral way of education. I believe the day will come soon when we will envy those who come after us just like those who went before us envy us now.

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