I was not privy to the message that initiated this thread, but from the context of the comments, I assume (ass u me <grin>) that they dealt with restricting gifted children to classes of their own learning ability.
I have been an instructor of graduate classes in the medical profession so I am not really qualified to comment on those who deal with the younger students in the earlier grades, BUT I CANNOT agree with the combining of students of mixed ability in that it guarantees that the peak learning experience of the class will be mediocrity.
Certainly students with learning deficits must be given the opportunity to learn to the maximum of their capacity, but the exceptional students must NOT be limited by peers (in class) who restrict the learning experience of the class to the lowest common denominator.
>catherine wrote: >I can not believe a teacher could say something like this. As a teacher >I want to be able to make a difference in children's lives not just >certain children. Special education students need to be mainstreamed >into regular classes if the regular class is the least restrictive >environment for them. If this is not done, that child is being denied a >proper education. Mainstreaming children with disabilities does cause >some problems to arise, such as maintaining order. As a teacher, it is >your responsibility to work these difficulties out and provide that >child with the education he/she deserves. If you can not do this you >should reevaluate your skills as a teacher.