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This work is part of the 28 Days in February Challenge.

Education Be Opened


Education Be Opened 14 inch by 14 inch oil on canvas SOLD see enlarge picture.

Day 5 of 28 Days

Topic: ASL in Deaf History

EPHPHATHA was meant as EAR BE OPENED. For the Gallaudet seal, BE THOU OPENED is both a message to the student and the teacher. “It should be understood…” Amos Kendall’s message was told as, “educators, especially those who teach the deaf, have a moral obligation to approach each student…” In the painting, shows Professor John Hotchkiss at Gallaudet, who was Deaf with Deaf student, Agatha Tiegel. Hotchkiss worked many hours with Agatha, educating her very well. Deaf teachers and Deaf students have special relationship. Both Hotchkiss and Tiegel have their hands signed STAND as in Stand for Justice and knowing that should NOT be EAR BE OPENED. The red colour means POWER and yellow means HOPE.

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Nancy Rourke paintings copyright. 2017
Last updated February 5, 2017