The Pros And Cons Of Inclusion

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The WEAC defines inclusion as a “term which expresses commitment to educate each child to the maximum extent appropriate in school and classroom he or she would otherwise attend.” () Inclusion in the classroom is a trend that is becoming increasingly more popular. Because inclusion is so controversial, it is the best idea to become educated on the topic. It is very likely, that we, as education majors, will soon find ourselves in an inclusion classroom. I chose a topic that was very personal to me. I have known and friended many people with disabilities. My nine-year old cousin has both a physical and mental disability with Cerebral Palsy. My sixteen-year old cousin has severe Asperger’s. My boyfriend’s sister also has severe autism. From …show more content…
To understand inclusion, you must understand inclusion and its history. Next you must explore both the positive and negative views of inclusion in the classroom, so that inclusion can be better integrated it in American classrooms.
According to the Speialeducationguide inclusion regards “individuals with disabilities and special education, inclusion secures opportunities for students with disabilities to learn alongside their non-disabled peers in general education classrooms” (Specialeducationguide.com , 2013-2016). Overall, inclusion is the idea of equal opportunities and eliminating discriminations and other prejudices. It is learning to embrace people of any race, gender, or disability. Inclusion is an opportunity for children to share in learning experiences where they will extend their knowledge that each individual has value and self-worth. Inclusion is being concerned with everyone’s abilities not their disabilities. Inclusion is a human right for everyone. The idea of inclusion began when people started to view people with disabilities as people. During the 1950’s the country was debating equality and segregation. Most people think of the Brown vs. Board of Education when talking about segregation in the classroom. But at the same
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These concerns include: Can special needs students receive all the attention and instruction he/she requires in the regular classroom? What about Nondisabled students or even gifted students? Another concern is that inclusion could cause self-esteem problems and bullying. Disabled children can feel uncomfortable in regular schools among normally developed children. There are a great deal of negative reactions and attitudes, first of all, from non-disabled, and even inadequate approaches from the side of teachers and administrative personnel, making the study process difficult. Another question is whether severely handicapped students would cause disruptions in a full inclusion class. However, one of the greatest concerns is that in many public schools many disabled students suffer from the absence of specially trained teaching employees to guide and to assist the disabled students in learning along with the general education children. In regular schools there is an obvious lack of special services and facilities, which are required for disabled

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