From the Editor On Thursday, December 2, 1999, Thomas Sowell published a view “How Experts Harm our Kids” as part of The Record. Mr. Sowell has an extremely dim view of the profession of speech-language pathology and perhaps an even dimmer view of ASHA. His editorial was written in response to a ... Editorial
Editorial  |   February 01, 2000
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Editorial   |   February 01, 2000
From the Editor
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 2000, Vol. 9, 2. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0901.02
 
American Journal of Speech-Language Pathology, February 2000, Vol. 9, 2. doi:10.1044/1058-0360.0901.02
On Thursday, December 2, 1999, Thomas Sowell published a view “How Experts Harm our Kids” as part of The Record. Mr. Sowell has an extremely dim view of the profession of speech-language pathology and perhaps an even dimmer view of ASHA. His editorial was written in response to a New York Times story, which he interpreted as “selling speech therapy for small children.” Mr. Sowell’s tone is one of great hostility towards our profession, but more distressing is that the piece has little to do with reality. It is in the end an uninformed opinion. I was pleased that ASHA’s President, Dr. Donna Geffner, wrote a Letter to the Editor of The Record in response to Mr. Sowell’s emotional piece, but frankly, I was disappointed with her response. It seemed to me that though she pointed out some of the errors in fact, overall the letter was vague and seemed a less than adequate response to such a potentially harmful article.
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