It Is Not Appropriate To Say These Things About Any Other Student Population, So What Makes Students With Special Needs Any Different?

I Believe In Inclusion, But…

Some common anti-inclusive phrases:

  • Students with disabilities learn best when they are educated with other disabled students.
  • I believe that students with disabilities should be educated in regular classrooms as long as it doesn’t take attention away from other students?
  • Students with disabilities should attend regular classrooms in regular schools as long as the cost is reasonable, and it doesn’t take resources away from the regular students.
  • The student with a disability is welcome within my classroom as long as the student comes with a teacher assistant.
  • Educating students with disabilities in the regular classroom is a good idea, provided that the student is not too disabled?
  • If students with disabilities are disruptive or distracting, they should be placed in alternate classes or schools.
  • Students with disabilities need to be with other students with disabilities, so that they can form friendships with other students just like them.
  • The best way to educate students with disabilities is to provide special classes for academic areas, and include them in regular classes like physical education and art.
  • Students with disabilities are happiest in special classes where they won’t get picked on or bullied.

But would people say the same things if we replaced the blanks with First Nations, female, LGBTQ students? IF IT IS NOT APPROPRIATE TO SAY THESE STATEMENTS AND MANY MORE FOR ONE MARGINALIZED GROUPS, THEN IT IS NOT OKAY TO SAY THESE STATEMENTS AT ALL!

  •               students learn best when they are educated with other                           students.
  • I believe that                                students should be educated in regular classrooms as long as it doesn’t take attention away from other students?
  •                            students should attend regular classrooms in regular schools as long as the cost is reasonable, and it doesn’t take resources away from the regular students.
  • The                                   student is welcome within my classroom as long as the student comes with a teacher assistant.
  • Educating                       students in the regular classroom is a good idea, provided that the student is not too                    ?
  • If                        students are disruptive or distracting, they should be placed in alternate classes or schools.
  •                            students need to be with other                                students, so that they can form friendships with other students just like them.
  • The best way to educate                         students is to provide special classes for academic areas, and include them in regular classes like physical education and art.
  •                            students are happiest in special classes where they won’t get picked on or bullied.

(Article taken from Wanda Lyons).

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