Students with Disabilities Must be Included in Public Schools

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Students with Disabilities Must be Included in Public Schools

Billy is physically handicapped and goes to school on a bus that has to pick him up quite early, for he has to go to school an hour away from his home. When Billy is at school, he gets to be in classes with all sorts of children; some are in wheelchairs, like he is, but they are unable to move by themselves, and some can walk, but Billy has a hard time talking to some of those children because they are developmentally younger than he is. All his classmates are his friends, but they never come over to play after school because he lives so far away, and Billy does not have a lot in common with them. Billy likes to play basketball in his driveway and he loves to talk about the
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These teachers often lack confidence in their qualifications; therefore, they feel as though they would not be able to teach handicapped children without special training. The purpose behind inclusion is to keep the regular classroom, regular. This means that teachers would have no extra work. Any needed support services are brought to the special needs learner (often in the form of a resource teacher), so class can go as usual, and students like Billy will get extra help from a professional as needed.

In the past, segregation was the new and controversial topic in special education. This was the change from institutionalization to public school attendance. Unfortunately, the children still ended up in self-contained classrooms. Norm Kunc, an advocate and researcher of inclusion, humorously terms this type of learning atmosphere "Retarded Immersion," where students are not motivated because they do not have the opportunity to learn by example. Those who disagree with inclusion often claim that retarded children cannot be in the regular classroom because they are not behaviorally acceptable. They make a good argument that many times children with disabilities act out in the regular classroom. It is true, however, that children without disabilities also misbehave and do so on

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