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.
This is an extremely judgemental statement to make and a rather blatant attempt at playing the guilt game. I teach because I want to give students the opportunity to explore the life of the mind. I want to spend my classroom time teaching and/or providing an environment for exploring mental landscapes. I spend a great deal of time outside of the classroom preparing to teach. Why is it that my reluctance to take time from the classroom opportunities of 197 "regular" students (some of whom actually hunger for intellectual conversation) for 3 mainstreamed students should cause me to reevaluate my skills as a teacher?
It is not every teachers' responsibility to provide every child with an education. You miss the point. In their push for inclusion, parents and advocates of mainstreaming are not saying that their child is entitled to the same opportunities as "regular" children. They are saying that their children are entitled to more - a lot more - in terms of money, equipment, emotional energy and teaching time. The realities of teaching a caseload of 200 students a day are that no one gets a lot of individual attention. If you want your child to get more individual attention, they they should be in classroom which has a lower population - and that is not my class.