Education : A Restrictive Environment For Students With Special Needs

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Education’s two founding principles are that there will be education provided to all students that is “free and appropriate” and in “the least restrictive environment. In the past few years, a new movement has begun- full inclusion. The proponents of full inclusion have come from many backgrounds, but they all believe that self-containment classrooms are not the least restrictive environment for students with special needs. There are others who strongly argue against full inclusion with the primary claim that is not beneficial to any of the students or teachers involved. My views align fully with neither. As inclusion can be greatly beneficial, but it is not made for all students, I focus on the idea of partial inclusion. Full inclusion is defined as:
“Full inclusion means that students who were classified “special” or “exceptional” because of individual physical or mental characteristics would not be isolated into separate schools, separate classes, or pullout sessions. They would be full citizens and members of the school community in regular classes and also legitimate participants in schools’ multiple activities.” (Nelson, Palonsky, and McCarthy, 2013)
That idea of partial inclusion is based off of the idea that every students deserves the best chance for them to succeed and feel comfortable without greatly disturbing other’s learning processes. Partial inclusion allows for students to be regular classrooms and self-containment classrooms to ensure for each subject…

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