Should special education students be mainstreamed?

  • Yes yes yes

    They already have confidence issues with the fact that they are different than everyone else, having them being mainstreamed with regular kids to gain friends would boost their confidence. If you say that they disbehave, maybe its because you don't pay attention to them, and they need that so they rebel against you. Common sense people.

  • Yes. If the disruptions are not so severe that it affects the progress of the class in general.

    Some special needs are severe- some are not. If the child can even halfway keep up with their typical peers than why should they be denied the opportunity to try? Many cases of special needs improve greatly when they are able to see good examples of behavior and communication modeled by their peers. My son grows by leaps and bounds from being in a typical class environment with help from a para. Special needs people are everywhere and growing in numbers. They are a part of this world and most of the world wants to sweep them under the rug instead of helping them become more Independent.

  • Acceptance, fairness, unconditional love

    If we as humans have conviction in the values of fairness, acceptance & most important unconditional love and want to stand by these values there is no reason which can support excluding children with special needs from mainstreaming. We have no right to say that we are sensitive and respectful towards humans if we exclude them.

  • I believe so. It helps them become better and stronger people

    Yes, special need children should be mainstreamed because improves academically, socially, and improve their self esteem. They have a fair chance at getting a look into the real world. It helps them become socially active and helps build them for success. Mainstreaming them pushes them harder and drive them success, makes them feel confident.

  • Better Chance At Success

    I work with special education students once a week during one of my high school classes. These students get the help they need within their special little school, but once they outgrow that need for that certain type of learning, they need to be engaged in the real life of a real high school. Without these students coming into a normal school, they might never get the knowledge and/or teaching they need to be successful in life. Mainstreaming these kids once they get to the point where they need it, is the best thing you can possibly do to help them. They can't learn just the basics of what their special education teachers thinks is good for them. If they have the ability to branch out and grow, I don't see why anyone would want to stop that child from doing so.

  • Fair Educational Opportunities

    I am a high school special ed teacher who teaches in a self contained classroom. Our students graduate with a certificate of attendance rather than a diploma. It puts our students at a great disadvantage when trying to compete for jobs upon graduation from high school and going to college is pretty much out of the question. Although our students are allowed to participate in some career education programs it is optional for them to enroll in these courses and it is only provided in a one 90 minute block of time per day. We need more to help these students.

  • Special needs students would benefit from being mainstreamed!

    I believe that special education students would benefit from being put into a mainstream class. They learn from other people around them. If a child who isnt as severely delayed is placed into a special needs class, they could fall back even farther because they are being surrounded by children who have different potential levels than the child.

  • From both perspectives.

    Special education students should have their own classrooms in order for them to learn properly, as well as the general education students. However, if special needs students are totally segregated from the general education kids, they will not learn how they are supposed to handle real life situations. They do not learn what is proper and improper to do in certain situations. The same thing goes for the general education students, if they are never around peers who have special needs, they will not learn how to deal with those people in every day life.

  • To an extent, More Importantly We Need to Separate Those With and Without Behavioral Problems

    I wish we had a "Depends" option. In some cases special education students are dealing with relatively minor and possibly even surmountable problems. I know people in college who had been in special ed. during high school. Typically people imagine severely mentally incapacitated students only and don't think of the kid with a mild case of dyslexia.
    There's too many variables to really define who should and should not be mainstreamed and to what extent. I think a bigger question is should all special ed students have to be together? You can have a well-behaved child with a minor learning disability that requires special instruction in one subject and you put him in a classroom that includes kids with serious behavioral issues. Then the kid who would've made it to college otherwise falls in with the wrong crowd and develops his own behavioral problems and at worst may even fall into a life of crime. It's a true disservice to put kids who just have certain troubles understanding materials in with kids with serious behavior issues. Kids with serious behavioral issues that show no sign of stopping should be referred to military school to get them back into shape.

  • My cousin

    His name is Justin, he is autistic and has a muscular disease that prevents him from walking with his own strength. He wants nothing more than to make people laugh, not at him, but rather the things that he says. He doesn't want to be locked up in a room with one on one instruction, he just wants to be noticed by people that aren't always working with him. It's obvious that he won't ever become a super intelligent being, but that doesn't mean he doesn't feel the need to be loved and accepted just like almost every other human being.

  • Please Tell Me How!

    I have a mainstreamed child in my 2nd grade class. 4 years in a special ed class and he still doesn't recognize the difference between a letter and a number, knows none of his sounds, he can count to 5 sometimes, but doesn't recognize numbers. He walks around my room breaking the other student's pencils, stealing their pencils, throwing the things on my desk away. Oh... And now I'm getting evaluated on the basis of whether or not the other 17 students are learning. Tell me how!

  • Their rights are not more important than those of the normal children.

    Mainstreaming is expensive and it slows down the general population of a classroom. Furthermore, the other students need their education more, since they are the ones who will be expected to actually work and bear the burden of supporting the disabled later on in life. Why spend 3X the money on educating someone who will never advance past grade school level at the expense of the potential of the rest of the class?

  • Not usually the best choice.

    Most children with special needs do much better in a self contained atmosphere. It is highly stressful for the student, teacher and peers to be mainstreamed. The traditional classroom setting is not conducive to meting the needs of most special needs children. This takes focus and time away from the teacher and other students. It can also be a distraction. This of course is dependent upon the actual needs and disability of the child in question. High functioning and non-behavioral difficult children can most definitely be mainstreamed. But those who require more care and attention should not be put in a position where it alters the regular flow of learning.

  • Least restrictive environment laws.

    The execution might be able to be improved, but I believe the laws regarding special education are good as they stand. Children are to be placed in the least restrictive environment they can tolerate and benefit from. For some children, this means mainstreaming, or partial mainstreaming; for others, they simply cannot deal with the stresses of normal society. Something like this cannot be mandated by some general law, but must be determined on a case-by-case basis.

  • In many cases it benefits students to be mainstreamed but it should not be the case for all students..

    Children with intellectual impairments have very different educational needs as compared to other students. Intellectually impaired kids need to learn basic life skills and need to be taught to do some sort of work. To have them struggling in a classroom so that they are with their peers will not benefit them in the future.

  • No, special education students should not be mainstreamed

    As suggested in the name, these students require special attention and have special needs. It also takes a certain trained professional to work with these students to get the most out of them and teach them at their pace. Not only would mainstreaming these students increase the difficulty of their learning, it would also deter the pace at which other students can be taught to allow the special students to keep up.

  • Special education students require special assistance

    While the idea of introducing special education students into a regular student environment may have noble intentions, it is not practical and in fact detrimental to both special and regular students. Special education students require special assistance. If introduced into a regular student environment they would likely not receive the same attention and special requirements for them would likely distract from the education of other students.

  • Kill them all

    Alll disabled students should have been killed at birth if you have a retarded child it should be smashed against a wall and killed. I urge every parent with retarded kids to kill them now it is better for society hitler wanted to kill down syndrome kids and retards for a reason

  • Kill them all

    Alll disabled students should have been killed at birth if you have a retarded child it should be smashed against a wall and killed. I urge every parent with retarded kids to kill them now it is better for society hitler wanted to kill down syndrome kids and retards for a reason

  • Disabled people suck

    They are bad for the normal kids that are trying to learn and normal kids that aren't disabled should not have a disadvantage because they were put in a class's with someone who is mentally impaired. When a disabled pupil is in a class they distract other students and take all the attention of the teacher. I think that even students that aren't mentally impaired but are simply stupid should be put in the same special schools as disabled children. This would then be split into three levels where people at level three would be the most impaired level 2 would be slightly less disabled and the first level would be people that aren't very disabled and even student that are just stupid. So in conclusion i think that disabled babies shoukd be aborted or killed at birth and in iceland they have done this for many years today the abortion rate on down syndrome is 100%

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