Wednesday, January 11, 2006

The Book of Inclusions

The fancy new word in special education is “inclusion”. It seems that we have had it wrong all this time; special education students need to be in more regular education classes to further their development. While this is a good idea in many ways, there is the risk of it going to far. Inclusion will not work for all students, and this shouldn't become an excuse for school districts to do away with their special education programs while blithely throwing all students in regular education classes. Parents like this one, linked to on Eduwonk, need to keep raising this issue, so that schools don’t neglect their obligation to provide an adequate (not just equal) education to all of their students.