Diversity Is All Of Us, And About Us

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A writer named Jacqueline Woodson once said that; “Diversity is about all of us, and about us having to figure out how to walk through this world together.” This means that diversity is all about differences, because no two people are exactly the same. This includes, races, ethnicities, gender, religions, beliefs, favorites, opinions, style, learning style and anything else that makes someone who they are as a person. This definition of diversity coincides almost identically with inclusive ideas in regards to disabilities. The question I have, however, is whether or not Inclusive Theories can be used when there are no children with disabilities present in the classroom. In an attempt to come up with an answer I interviewed a second grade teacher, Ms. Smith* at a Quaker school. Inclusion is formally defined as an approach wherein students with special educational needs spend most or all of their time with non-disabled student (Wikipedia). Which can be summed up as how a general education classroom will have students with disabilities either full time of eighty percent of the time. Ms. Smith’s definition of inclusion was that all diverse learners are supported in the classroom. She does not refer to it as for the children with or without disabilities but all the children. When asked more about inclusion Ms. Smith explains, “ you can meets the needs of all by using the needs of one.” Although, she does not formally have any disabled students in her classroom she uses

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