Inclusion For Students With Disabilities

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Inclusion in Education Looking at inclusion in education, the main aspect to look at is the question, "What is inclusion?" Inclusion secures opportunities for students with disabilities to learn alongside their non-disabled peers in general education classrooms. For decades, the argument about whether or not there should be inclusion in education has not come to an end. Some may say that inclusion gives disabled children the chance to interact socially with normal kids. However, that is not true. Understanding the issues and ramifications such as tolerance, behavior, the academic gap, and teacher 's experience prior to undertaking such a restructuring effort is essential. Two documentaries give us an idea of what is really happening in inclusion classrooms; Sean’s and Peter’s. “Sean’s story” is only partly about Sean, an eight-year-old Baltimore boy with Down syndrome, whose mother fought successfully to have him transferred from Ridge, a school for the disabled, to Sparks, the neighborhood elementary school. Also, on screen is Bobby, another boy with Down syndrome, whose mother is pleased with the attention he is getting at Ridge. “Educating Peter”, however, is the story of one child, Peter Gwasdaukis (with Down syndrome) and his classmates as they test the limits of classroom at Gilbert Elementary School in Blacksburg, Virginia. Watching these documentaries, it is hard not to notice how desperate the parents were to enroll their children in regular educational classrooms. They ignored all the facts, such as their children’s welfare as well as the welfare of the rest of the students, as if they were trying to force their children out of their disabilities and into a more “normal” state of mind with no regard t... ... middle of paper ... ...dle Sean throwing his book when he is frustrated with his work?" As a result, non-disabled children cannot receive proper attention from their teachers, because studying together with the disable requires a lot of additional effort and time from the educators. Often, teachers feel stressed and anxious with the presences of disabled students, which results with problems in the educational process for both groups, but especially for the children, and it causes distractions and losses of attention. Inclusion is not only setting the rest of the class backward, but it is also hurting the disabled children 's self-esteem as well as their education. This essay has shown that inclusion should not be a part of regular classrooms and that disabled children should be in a more stabilized, safe, and prepared environment to thrive at their own pace and in their own time.
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