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Taking Sides: Inclusion Essay

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Taking Sides: Inclusion
According to Stout (2001) the concept of inclusion can be differentiated into mainstreaming, inclusion and full inclusion each describing the amount of time special education students become part of a normal education classes. “Inclusion is a term which expresses the commitment to educate each child, to the maximum extent possible, in the school and classroom he or she would otherwise attend” (definitions section, para. 2). This commitment is based on the belief that special needs students would profit from the regular classroom environment (Noll, 2014, p. 225). According to Stout (2001) research based evidence supports this belief as “Recent meta-analyses confirm a ...view middle of the document...

I have been teaching in inclusive classrooms for 12 years and have come to the conclusion that the concept of full inclusion is a nice thought, but realistically it doesn’t work for every student. After an IEP meeting I had today I discussed the subject with one of our special education teacher’s who said that our school is going to full inclusion next year. We then discussed a case of one of her students who is autistic with an IQ of 127, but who cannot do basic daily functions and in fact often does very inappropriate behaviors in class. This is not something that I would want to deal with or expose my other students too. From my experience many students with special needs require more one-on-one teacher instruction than a teacher with a class of 36 students can provide, therefore those students should be in a dedicated class where they can get more attention. Last year I had a student who had a problem with kleptomania and he was stealing from other students along with stealing my classroom supplies. His IEP modifications stated that he should not be suspended for such behavior just told that he should think about how this must make others feel, I found this unacceptable and agree with Carpenter (2008) when he strongly states “inclusion is not likely to work if we insist on including the victimizers with the victims” (p. 236).

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