It is a good thing to know. I think it should be offered as an elective. I was so glad when I was taught sign language, but I did it while in college.....and more so because it intrigued me. Since learning it, I have used it many times and several times when I least expected to.
Sure, there are more people that are deaf than most think. Also some people go deaf and hearing aids can not help. the nerves connected to the inner ear become damaged along with the tiny hairs that are connected to them and pickup the vibrations. Lip reading is not easy.
I think yes, because people should be able to communicate. and if somebody can't hear, then... yeah. and on the flip side, it's kinda fun for some. for teens like myself, (I have AS, which is on the autism spectrum) it is not only fun but it helps with motor skills, both fine motor and gross motor. so it's fun and helpful too. and it's not difficult to learn. might be difficult to remember sometimes, but that's a whole different story.
That would be actually cool. My first job out of school was McDonald's and I remember a group of def people coming in and they wrote down what they wanted, and then started speaking when the one writing down the order got something wrong. If I could have known sign language, it would have been so easy. They actually got into a little fight there.
No political view, religious belief, ethnicity attacks disabilities. Why learn French in sixth grade? I never understood that?
Yes, they should teach that actually at a much younger age.
Yes. There are many kids and adults who cannot hear and try to have a normal life yet can't because they can't communicate with the rest of the world... It would be great if the new generations can learn sign language