Inclusive Approach

2547 WordsDec 5, 201211 Pages
The selected topic is ‘should students with learning difficulties be allowed to participate in the mainstream classrooms?’ This essay discusses two possible solutions for the issue and explicitly presents my personal statement and philosophy in regards to it. This topic is a controversial issue because it considers many conflicting advantages and disadvantages. The ethical principles involved in the topic include caring, respect and inclusivity which can be drawn from the Early Childhood Australia Code of Ethics (Early Childhood Australia's National Council meeting, 2006). Including or excluding students with learning difficulties in the mainstream classroom also reflects teachers’ identity regarding the concept of fairness. There are…show more content…
I think belief is a very powerful thing which affects students’ behaviour in the environment. If the incorrect social justice is applied to students, it would affect how students view themselves and the whole society. Today’s society is no longer just expecting students to achieve high academic results at school. We also want them to be a good citizen in the whole society, and this requires teachers to apply correct ethical education to students. Jennings (2007) notes that students who have good moral development can learn and grow both socially and emotionally. Including all students in the regular classroom will deliver the message to students that what makes our society strong is not the things that we all have in common, but the things that make us all different (Graham, 2007). If we emphasize to students the philosophy that diversity makes our environment rich and all students should be valued and have a quality education experience to reach their potential, it could help students to reflect on how they should behave to make others comfortable in their school environment. From my personal experience, when I did my second placement in grade 1/2 class, I witnessed the teacher planning an activity for all the students, including two students with special needs, to discuss how they are alike and how they are different. The rationale behind the learning
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