Skip to comments.Rare Footage of Helen Keller Speaking
Posted on 06/01/2013 6:21:54 PM PDT by Dysart
Working with her instructor, the American author and political activist learned to talk despite being deaf and blind
Read more: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/video/rare-footage-of-helen-keller-speaking.html#ixzz2V19QYqEm
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Oh my gosh! Made me cry!
That was awesome! Thanks for posting it!
Shared it with my 9 year old, she too was delighted watching it.
It is awesome.
OMGosh how wonderful!! This is priceless. Thank you so much for posting. She was a truly remarkable woman as was Ms Sullivan.
We take way too much for granted and should be more thankful for our blessings is what I came away with.
What an inspiration. Just try to imagine what she overcame.
No she was not dumb but she was a communist.
I visited her home in 1958 or 59. My room mate was from Sheffield, AL, across the Tenn. River from Florence.
Amazing, yes. But why does the Smithsonian feel it is necessary to edit the tape and sync the words Anne Sullivan is speaking with Helen’s mouth so it looks like she is speaking perfectly?
No she was not dumb but she was a communist.
Yes, she was. She had an ugly side, for sure.
Not dumb, just stupid or naive!
What teaching should be: love creativity and dedication!
Thank you for sharing
Keller was also fully dependent on others, despite her stunning advances in learning. I can imagine the possibility of her agreeing with ideology that was spoon-fed to her (no pun) out of at least a certain degree of self-recognition of her dependency and wanting to please her caretakers.
Very cool Thanks
Yeah she was a socialist alright and help found the ACLU but her life is an inspiration none the less that despite anyone’s limitation, one can achieve great things and isn’t worthless
Thanks for posting! What those two women accomplished was awesome!
What a beautiful thing. Keller must have been highly intelligent to have made the connection between the feel and the sound of the letters, and just in general in how she made the leap outward from the confines of her sensory limitations. She really was an ideal subject in that she could give her instructors a lot of help from her end. She was tunneling towards them just as they were tunneling towards her, so that the connection was more readily made.
I also find the accent of the other lady interesting. She sounds a lot like other people you hear in sound clips from that era. In particular I notice the soft “r”. Somewhere along the line there has been a shift in the way Americans make their “r” sounds.
She had the privilege of singing for Helen Keller very much the same way as the video depicts Anne Sullivan vocalizing speech with Helen Keller's hand placed strategically on my grandmother's throat and face to perceive the vibration.
She was what she was taught to be.
Like so many of our youth going to liberal colleges.
I wonder if she ever saw this?
If you want to drive a person in the educational inclusion movement nuts then ask them, as I have in several conferences; “If Helen Keller had been in an inclusive classroom would anyone know who she was?”
When it comes to special education for severely and profound children we know what works and it isn’t inclusion. Inclusion is a political construction based upon several PC concepts that has nothing to do with education.
You’re right. She was used.
Here is a longer one with her speaking about at the 1:45 mark:
I have no idea what the hell she said...
I don’t understand what you’re trying to say since I don’t know what occurs within an “inclusive” classroom.
As a people we look down on the way things were done back in those days, particularly when it comes to education, but look at this particular result. There was certainly something special about women, and likely men too, then that has been lost in the decades of “social progress” since.
I read the story too, and sorry to say, I came away less than enthused. It also said she helped start the ACLU.
Inclusion is the educational movement that eliminates self-contained special education and places disabled children in normal classrooms. It is based upon the idea of “Equal Education” regardless of what is appropriate for the child.
One of the reason that you see the over prescription of drugs like Ritalin is because teachers have to deal with kids that used to be pulled from regular classes for a semester or two until they could figure out how to concentrate
Mark Levin just linked the Smithsonian link on his FB page and posted a h/t to FR.
That is truly amazing!
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