Full Inclusion in Classrooms

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Full Inclusion in the Classroom

Each child is unique and learns in different ways; however, most schools still have a tendency to cling to the one-size-fits-all education philosophy. It is often overviewed when catering to a classroom that each child has specific needs, and that a small group of children within the class may also need further attention. Disability isn’t always visible nor is it always what we think it is. A child may have an undiagnosed hearing or vision problem, he or she may have difficulty with attention or with sitting still, or may have difficulties comprehending instructions. Whatever the need, the issue of whether or not that child should be pulled from the classroom and work with a specialist in a resource room,
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Along with academic benefits, inclusion enables the child to model critical social skills and gain lasting relationships with their peers that will aid them in understanding real-world relations (lecture). Having the opportunity to be appropriately educated in a regular classroom gives the child, for perhaps the first time, the chance to feel "like other kids." Having the opportunity to interact and succeed, as well as fail, like the other children can really do a lot for a child's sense of self-worth (lecture). Exclusion from classrooms only segregates the children, teaching the general education kids to breed prejudice, and be ignorant and fearful of those who are not like them. Schwartz states that, “Without knowledge (and education) that people with disabilities are more similar to nondisabled people than different, a double standard is created.” (Schwartz,4). The more the child is included, the less likely they will face prejudice, and the less likely it is that he/she will miss out on the important social events going on in and out of the classroom. As a result, the child will have a better chance of being socially competent and socially integrated throughout their
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