Of course, kids with special needs should be allowed to attend public school. Why not?!? They are after all kids...I am a special ed teacher and I teach at a public school. I don't know how my students would learn the social skills that they need if they were to attend a "special" school. They do very well where they are. They are mainstreamed into their elective classes and also work in the cafeteria and in the front office. On top of them learning skills that they need, it also helps the regular ed students learn diversity and how to interact and treat others kindly.
If academically they can be on the same level as the other students then they should be allowed in regular classrooms
Absoultly! I don't believe they should interfer with the other kids learning. But I do believe they should be placed in
"normal schools" as you would call them. Why wouldn't they be. They can be put in a special education classroom, but have 2 or 3 classes with "normal" kids. This way they still get the social interaction with other kids, and other kids rather than in their classroom. Not to condrict myself, I do believe that if the kid is very very disablied, they should not be placed in a public school. However, if a kid has downs, add, or something along those lings, sure why not. Give them the same oppurtunities as other kids.
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My child is in a intergrated school but she is in the special needs program. I think that it makes them feel less than what they can actually do people pointing and eyeing her just cause she needs help. She wishes she was in a sergregrated classroom . I guess as well I do too.
integration wherever possible and as much as possible. In long run everyone wins.
Aren't we all developmentally disabled on some level since no two people advance at the same exact rate? I think it teaches us tolerance and acceptance and humility which are some of the most valuable lessons a person can learn and which are sorely missing in our society. It also teaches the worth of every living soul by allowing those who seem more 'advanced' to actually learn something from those who are labeled 'disabled'.
I hate to be the only one to give the un-politically correct answer but in some cases, no. There should not always be integration, and it really should be done on a case-by-case basis depending on the individual child and their needs. For example, one child that was developmentally disabled in a 5th grade, in a classroom that I interned in was unable to read. They mainstreamed him full-time and pulled him out only one hour a week for reading help. Since by 5th grade, the majority of the work in the class was requiring reading, he was unable to do much of his work and was feeling left out, bored, and wasting his time in his mainstream class (some of his classmates also ridiculed him as well). In my opinion, he should have been in a situation where he was learning to read many hours a day, and not returned to a mainstream class until he was able to do so. He was a normal intelligence child or brighter, and the school was failing him by only pulling him out for reading help for an hour a week. He should have been remediated intensively and then mainstreamed. Reading was more important than social skills in my opinion.
I also think that violent and emotionally disturbed children should not be mainstreamed until they have proven that they can behave appropriately in the classroom. I have seen children that hit and kick other children daily (not in my classroom but in others) and are kept in the mainstreamed classroom. They are told they are to be kept in the mainstreamed classroom until someone is hospitalized, and that is the county's policy. How comforting. I think if a child is hitting and kicking other children each day for a period of weeks they should be removed from the regular classroom until they have not done so for at least a month or two. Children should not have to face daily violence in the classroom. Once those children are able to act appropriately, i.e. not hit and kick each day, then they should be allowed in the regular classroom but it should not be assumed they have the right if they act in a violent way each day.
I'm all for integration, but the schools will have to make sure that the teachers are made aware of the special needs of these children, and not to unconsciously impose biases and judgments on them.
I'm for integration, but I agree that has to be a evaluation in regard to they special needs, public school;s need to be aware of this kids needs, with out affecting the education of the rest of the kids in the classroom, they are a big part of our society, and we need to teach our kids to integrate their life's to theirs so we can end this segregation and we all can learn to stop treating this kids like a freaks, because that's what most of the population do. So yeah lets teach our kids some good values since they are young and that way their future and the future of disable (mentally or physically) kids can be brighter. Also the public system need to prepare more teachers to deal with this, because lets face it how many kids are left out because there is not enough special aid teachers.
Because of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act) all students with disabilities are required to a free and appriopriate education. Educators must provide the best placement for that student. It may be determined based on that child's disability that they be placed in a regular ed class or in a special education class.
I am for options. I strongly believe that if a child with developmental disabilities can work at roughly the same grade level as his peers, has limited behaviors (be it with or without the support of an aide) that would distract or otherwise interfere with the ability of the teacher to teach and the other students to work, than yes, he shoud be integrated,. However, I do not believe integration is the ultimate solution, or should even be the ultimate goal, for all children. My son, for example, simply has too many sensory issues to ever really be able to integrate into a traditional classroom. He is in an exceptional program specifically designed for high functioning autistic children and I would not want that to change. Integration should be offered when appropriate if the child can work within the setting , the teacher has the experience to handle the increased challanges and the school is willing to put out the funds and efforts needed to support both of them.
Intergration as much as possible. The more we expose them to other children/socialization and real world, the more prepared they will be. That does not mean that this is where they should spend the majority of the day.
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