The Pros And Cons Of Special Education

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Before the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, children with disabilities were not acknowledged in the educational setting. This act has been revised many times to ensure that exceptional people will be provided with the best possible education along with their average peers. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act allows students to learn in the least restrictive environment (LRE), to ensure that they are comfortable and able to actively learn (Zigmond, 1). This environment could range from a specific special education classroom to a specialized hospital. However, for many students with exceptionalities, their least restrictive environment is in a classroom at a normal public school. This causes concern for many parents and …show more content…
Full inclusion schools are more welcoming towards children with learning disabilities, as they have the staff and resources to ensure the best education for them (Cole, 7). Allowing students with disabilities to be in the same classroom as general students allows both types of students to understand one another. It is known that relationships between children (ages 4-18 years old) most often develop between students within their classroom. Allowing exceptional children to be within these classrooms increases their chances of developing friendships with others. This socialization during their childhood benefits exceptional children in the future. Interactions with peers during schooling allows people with disabilities to develop socialization skills as they age. This type of skill is often valuable when trying to search for employment after high school and/or college. However, some children who experience behavioral disorders may not benefit from socializing with peers in a normal sized classroom. They may become anxious with so many people surrounding them and may become violent if they feel threatened. Children who deal with physical disabilities may feel embarrassed in a regular classroom due to their inability to function independently and may feel they will never “fit in” (Cole 6). However, for the …show more content…
Students with disabilities are far more likely to be bullied or harassed over students without disabilities. Although there are many full inclusive schools that are welcoming, if full inclusion was placed onto all schools, the chances of harassment are very likely. This is because not all normal students have a full understanding of disabilities and may not have any experience in the matter. This confusion and lack of understanding can lead to bullying. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children. This can include physical, verbal and mental abuse towards a child. However, it is not only children who harass students with disabilities, sadly, at times it can even be the staff that become frustrated with them. Teachers who are starting to be introduced to full inclusion have concerns with it. They were not educated on how to watch over an exceptional child, thus, they do not know how to react to a child with disabilities. This lack of education has caused many teachers to have to be retrained on how to operate a classroom (Jordan-Downs, 19). This can cause teachers to feel overwhelmed and can lead to unfair treatment towards students with special needs. This type of treatment can promote feelings of isolation from peers, depression and thoughts of suicide (Cole

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