TRM wrote: > > >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. > > > > If, by "disabilities," you mean the marginal student who basically fits > in the class academically but has ADD or slight dyslexia, then I would > tend to say mainstream works. I don't have problems with these > students. I find that they can be easily dealt with by eye contact, > inclusion in the discussion and rapid questioning. (Keep up with their > thinking speed.) Students working together is another useful technique > since the students are all at approx. the same mental level and can > learn together. > > If, by "disabilities," you mean something more serious, then the rights > of 35 to an education outweigh the rights of 1 to mainstreaming. We > should reevaluate any blanket policies of asking normal students to deal > with emotional problem students day in and day out. These students can > only be mainstreamed on a case basis and then only carefully. The > normal students have their own education to deal with and cannot be > expected to teach, counsel, or confine another student. > > Mainstreaming came about because marginal students were lumped with > extreme problems and parents rightfully complained. Extreme students > should not be taught with regular students. By extreme, I might also > include the extremely bright who should be taught separately as well. > They have a right to an education and should not be forced to sit > through a year of tedious, repetitious work simply because of grade > level. > > I would be interested to hear your thoughts.
This debate has touched on all the reasons my son now attends a parochial school. The damage done by special education cannot and will not be undone. The practice of inclusion to effect a homogeneous society has nothing to do with education. Rather, it has everything to do with social engineering. I support public education 100% simply because when my son enters the job market he will have precious little competition.