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Advantages and Disadvantages of Inclusion

?What is inclusion? What do you think are its advantages and disadvantages? How would you respond to a parent who demands total inclusion of their child in the regular education classroom?

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As you first define what inclusion is, you might look at the word "include" embedded in it as a clue. Experts suggest that it "refers to the practice of educating children with learning disabilities and other types of disabilities in the regular education classroom" (http://learningdisabilities.about.com/od/gi/g/inclusion.htm).

As a teacher for over 12 years, I see many advantages to inclusion. First off, the social benefits are enormous. Special education students learn from their regular education peers. Students have more role models to emulate in an inclusion class, thus behaving their social skills, too. Inclusions kids teach regular education ...

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What do you think are its advantages and disadvantages? How would you respond to a parent who demands total inclusion of their child in the regular education classroom?

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