In the years following the American Civil War, few educational opportunities were provided to newly-freed black citizens. The situation was compounded for black deaf children in the American South. Efforts to educate these children were delayed and deferred in most southern states. Even as the need for this education became obvious, southern legislatures frequently denied or deferred any real educational opportunities for black deaf children. In The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf, Ron Knorr and Clemmie Whatley tell the story of one such institution designed to educate Georgia’s black deaf children. Beginning with early efforts during Reconstruction, Knorr and Whatley trace the often tumultuous and neglectful history of the education for these students from the time of the Jim Crow South through efforts during the Progressive Era to improve the plight of these children. This history of the segregated school continues through two world wars and the struggle for civil rights, ending with the ultimate desegregation of the school. Rich with contemporary stories, firsthand accounts and interviews, and photographs and illustrations of its history, The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf is a compelling story of heroic efforts to improve the lot of these students along with the often shameful neglect of Georgia’s most vulnerable children.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Ron Knorr is an Assistant Professor of Education in the Tift College of Education at Mercer University. He holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, a Master of Arts in Teaching, and a B.S. in Financial Management from Clemson University, as well as an MBA from the University of North Florida. Prior to entering education, he was a CPA and financial executive. His public school experience included teaching Middle Grades Language Arts and Social Studies, and his university teaching includes courses in Curriculum, Language Arts and Social Studies Methods and Content for Teachers, and Qualitative and Quantitative Educational Research. His research and publications interests include bullying prevention, teacher education, early adolescent literacy, the History of Education in the American South, and the application of Activity Theory in education. He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Epsilon Lambda, Kappa Delta Pi, and Beta Gamma Sigma. Dr. Knorr was selected as a 2014 Teacher of Honor by Kappa Delta Pi.
Clemmie Whatley is an Associate Professor of Education in the Tift College of Education at Mercer University. Dr. Whatley received an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Clark College, a M.S. in Applied Mathematics from Georgia Institute of Technology, an Ed.S. in Mathematics Education and Educational Leadership from State University of West Georgia, and a PhD in Educational Studies from Emory University. She worked in corporate administration for over twenty years. She taught high school mathematics and currently focuses on instruction in mathematics education at the university level. She is founder of Educational Dynamix, a non-profit educational organization, providing services in consulting, evaluation, and professional development for school districts. Educational Dynamix also produced Musical Mathematics ®, a program that integrates music and mathematics for engaging learning for students.
The Segregated Georgia School for the Deaf
by Ron Knorr & Clemmie Whatley
List Price: $29.95
Hardcover: 146 pages
Publisher: Sunbury Press, Inc.
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.8 ounces
EDUCATION / Special Education / Physical Disabilities
EDUCATION / Special Education / Learning Disabilities
HISTORY / African American
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