Inclusion Essay

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Although no consensus exists about the definition of inclusion, it can usually be agreed upon that inclusion is a movement to merge regular and special education so that all students can be educated together in a general education classroom. Because of the lack of consensus, inclusion is a hotly debated topic in education today. Mainstreaming and Inclusion are used interchangably for many people. This is where the confusion may lie. For the purpose of this paper I will be using the term inclusion. I interpret this to mean: "meeting the needs of the student with disabilities through regular education classes, with the assistance of special education." (Dover, section 1) Included in the definition of inclusion, it is important to …show more content…
As a result, many school districts or individual schools are reducing the placement options available to students with disabilities because as they put more kids into the regular classrooms, they do not have the personnel and resources available to provide the full continuum of options! The existing staff is spread out to work in many schools with limited time and resources to serve the students. Also along these lines is where opponents have brought up the issue of the setting. They believe that instructional techniques such as direct instruction, may be more easily implemented in specific rather than general settings. (Pearman, p.177)
According to the National Joint Committee on Learning Disabilities, all children should NOT be served in the general education classroom. They believe that full inclusion violates the rights of students. They see each student as having unique needs, and should have a program tailored to them as an individual. NJCLD supports a continuum of services, but rejects arbitrary placement of students in any one setting.(NJCLD, 63) Another issue that is brought up is that of time. With inclusion, the education of students with disabilities is not solely the responsibility of special education professionals. Shared responsibility means shared decision making; this takes time that is not available during the work day. This point was
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