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Inclusion: The Right Answer?
Pros of Inclusion | Cons of Inclusion | Goals of Inclusion | Classroom Relationships and Behavior | Observational Fieldwork and Journal | The Right Answer? | Webliography

Introduction

Ryan is a ten-year-old moderately "at risk" child. He suffers from depression and has learning disabilities but medication generally is able to control his condition. However, it is not uncommon for Ryan to drift away at times and alienate himself from everyone around him. Ryan is enrolled at Charles E. Schwarting Elementary School in North Massapequa, New York. At Schwarting Elemntary, Ryan will not be grouped into a special education classroom, he will be placed into a relatively new type of classroom that combines regular classroom students with students who have special needs. Ryan will now be part on an Inclusion class.
The Inclusion class Ryan is placed in will still tend to his needs for assistance in certain areas but at the same time he will be grouped with students without learning disabilities. Other students in the classroom also suffer from learning disabilities such as anixety, ADD, ADHD, and depression. In other words, Ryan is not the only "at risk" student in the classroom.
 
Questions may arrive about Ryan and students like him. Such as the pros and cons of the inclusion class, required additional teaching staff and on a larger scale, goals and established relationships. Through my observational time with this classroom I was able to answer many questions, and also understand the concepts of an Inclusion class.
 
More on Ryan and his class: Observational Fieldwork and Journal 

What is Inclusion?
 
     
     Inclusion is grouping students with different learning capabilities heterogenously to maximize progress in all students. As opposed to grouping all gifted students in one class and disabled children in another. In an Inclusion classroom not only is the teacher present, but the teacher's assistant is also present. The teacher's assistant is usually a certified teacher with a masters in special education. She acts as a second teacher to the class. When students have a problem during a lesson in class (whether or not they have a disability) he/she tends to the children with the problem in order to keep the class from stopping. 
     Inclusion is considered to be a current trend in the evolution of the delivery of services to children and youth with disabilities, including students who are gifted and talented. Inclusion is based on the premise that children with exceptional needs can benefit, both academically and socially, in the regular education classroom setting rather than in separate special education settings.
     Inclusion assumes that every person is entitled to respect, dignity, equal rights under the law, and opportunities for a fulfilling life within the community.
     Inclusion is NOT just a disability issue. It incorporates socialization, and learning to live together. Under Federal Law I.D.E.A. Sec. 612.5 (A): All children with disabilities are to be educated to the "maximum extent" with children who do not have disabilities.
 

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