The title of this post was a paper I wrote for an assignment in my Administrative Law: Governance and The American Rule of Law System class while I was getting my Master’s Degree.
Here is an excerpt:
“Inclusion is a hotly debated concept in education because it relates to both educational and social values, as well as the student’s sense of individual worth. With inclusion as with any controversial topic there are those that hold vastly different views. Some skeptics view it as a policy that incorrectly thinks inclusion will save school districts money by having to have fewer special education teachers. They also think that trying to force inclusion on all special education students is discriminatory just like forcing them all into special education classes would be. On the other side of the coin there are those that believe all kids belong in regular education class rooms and that teachers should be able to meet the needs of all students regardless of what the needs are. The majority of teachers and parents fall somewhere in between these opposing views and often wonder if inclusion is legally required and question what schools and their staff must do to meet the needs of students in special education.”
As a parent of a child who spends some of her day in a segregated special education room at school I am always thinking about inclusion. At work we listen to Minnesota Public Radio (MPR) and today on their midday show they had a segment called “School improvement ideas from award-winning teachers.” After listening to them talk about education topics for 15 minutes without anything related to special education being discussed I decided to call into the show. I gave them my name and the city I am from and told them I was going to ask the panel their thoughts on inclusion of special education students in the general education classroom. She put me on hold and then came back on and told me I was next in line so I needed to turn down my radio and be ready. After about 15 more minutes I was put on the air and was able to ask my question.
Here is a link to the webpage from the show this morning:
I come on the radio a little after 28 minutes and 30 seconds into the show. Please listen to my question and their responses and let me know what you think.