Pros & Cons to Inclusive Education

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Pros & Cons to Inclusive Education
Inclusive education can provide a sense of belonging to disabled children. (Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Children with disabilities of all kinds are often separated from kids without disabilities when it comes to education. They often are taught in separate classrooms. Inclusive education is an attempt to bring all children together in the same classrooms. As the amount of diversification and disabilities among the children of this country grows, the educational system must grow with it.

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Goals

Throughout 20 years of research, more than 60 countries across the globe have joined in inclusive education efforts. The goals of inclusive education are to provide all children with a sense of belonging, positive social relationships and friendships. Those who advocate inclusive education hope it will promote a culture of equal opportunity where all children can reach their full potential. The International Conference on Inclusive Education brings educators from all over the world together to focus on improving the educational systems to suit today's children instead of making children adhere to an outdated system and curriculum.

Pros

Placing children with different needs together gives them the means to learn about each other and understand their differences. Children tend to make fun of someone who is different because they do not understand why that person is different. Inclusive education aims to close the gap between the disabled and non-disabled as well as those with different cultural, religious and ethnic backgrounds.

Cons

Although many benefits can be achieved through inclusive education, some negative consequences may occur. Some disabilities may be disruptive to the classroom. Children with disabilities may feel inferior to children who are considered to be normal. Bigger classrooms means students receive less attention and additional instruction may be required for some students and not others. The diversity and academic levels with the classroom may be too great for one teacher, and many school systems cannot afford additional staff or the specially trained staff needed to instruct children who are deaf or blind."

Benefits

Parent of children with disabilities tend to be more involved with their child's education. A higher rate of parent involvement in schools helps teachers to understand the individual needs of students. Inclusion education helps families integrate in the community and gives the children a sense of belonging. Children without disabilities are able to become role models and increase their learning capabilities by helping others.

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