Essay on Special Education Becoming Less Special?

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Imagine a classroom in a typical high school; a teacher is explaining a lesson in Algebra. All of a sudden, there is an ear-splitting screech from the back of the classroom and a book goes hurling towards the chalkboard. One’s first instinct would be to whip around and see what the commotion was about; however, it is just Toby, the special needs child. This class encounters outbursts like this from Toby nearly everyday. The mainstreaming of special education students is the main reason behind these disruptions. Some of these pupils spend up to 80 percent of their day in a standard classroom setting. Inclusion of disabled students into a customary classroom has become a growing trend in many public schools throughout America in the past few…show more content…
(“Special Education”). In addition, this makes children feel superior to their peers. In other words, it leads them to feel disconnected from the other students, like an outsider that does not belong. Because of this, students get easily frustrated with themselves and are apt to give up or even worse believe it is their fault they are different from others. In reality, the minds of these already low-level learners have the confusion of their surrounding peers to add on top of the mental stress they already exhibit. Lastly, these children are mocked, singled out, and verbally abused. In contrast to the belief that inclusion “breaks down social barriers,” it in fact only contributes to the building of them. Because of this, children feel depressed and withdrawn from the social activities that all their “normal” peers are able to participate in. In other words, special needs children learn less, feel perplexed, and become depressed due to mainstreaming. (“Intellectual Disabilities”). Clearly, this is not what any parent wants for their child, so why do they continue to support it?

Not only are the special education students suffering from mainstreaming but their peers are affected as well. Non-handicapped students do not know how to cope with special needs students in a normal classroom setting. In other words, they exclude these students, making them feel unwelcome and unwanted. Beyond that, it adds an air of tension to
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