[nobe-l] being a teacher and having to compromise on beliefs

Karl Martin Adam kmaent1 at gmail.com
Fri Sep 5 15:50:27 UTC 2014

Hi Kayla, I'm not a TVI, but as a blind person, I think this is 
an issue of equality for blind students.  A blind student should 
receive the same test that his or her sighted peers are 
receiving, and when you're transcribing something it's your job 
to give the blind student that equal access.  Whether you 
personally agree with what your transcribing really doesn't 
matter; you have a responsibility to make sure that blind 
students are receiving the same education that sighted students 
are.  You wouldn't correct say a mathematical mistake the teacher 
made on a math test, and you shouldn't alter a question that you 
think is wrong in science or history or whatever either.  So what 
you're saying to your blind student who needs a test transcribed 
that you disagree with is that that student is just as good as 
all the sighted students and should have access to the same 


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my name is Kayla James. I'm 22 and think I have a call to teach. 
I do
not know whether to become a TVI or just a regular teacher 
though. I
just know that I'd like to work with kids.
As I was considering the career of TVI (Annie Sullivan and Samuel 
are some of my heroes in this area) a question came to my mind. 
(I know from experience of being student to quite a few) work in
public and state schools. What if a student of mine (perhaps 
between third and fifth grade) brings a Science test to me and 
it transcribed. And what if it has something to do with Evolution 
Now, I am a conservative Christian and stand firmly on the 
grounds of
Creation. If I transcribe that test and hand it to that child, 
what am
I saying to that child? As much as I'd love to work with kids and
being totally blind myself, I know I'd do very well at this job, 
Jesus Christ must come first in my work.
If I become a regular school teacher I could go to a Christian 
and work and not have to worry. But I guess I am asking this to 
all of
the TVI's who do not mind sharing their religious convictions 
I also have a question about become a vision rehabilitation
teacher/therapist (however you phrase it). I get the joys of TVI 
but are there VRT's that work with children? Please help.

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