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Should special needs children be kept out of schools?

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Started: 11/29/2017 Category: People
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Debating Period
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Special needs children, by which I mean those with autism, down syndrome, and other such mental impairments, should be kept at home. These students are disruptive, and nothing but a drain of taxpayer dollars and school resources. At my high school, the special needs class was more like a daycare than a high school class. There was at least 4 adult guardians in there at all times, and they would not be teaching the children, they would simply be playing with them, keeping them entertained until the day was over. These children, at no fault of their own, would scream and disrupt during classes. Why should other children have to be disrupted due to these children? They should not. These children should be the parent's responsibility. We had cases of some autistic children attacking other students in my High School, and that is a serious problem. We cannot excuse them because of their disablility, especially when they can be kept at home with the parent rather than disrupting class and draining resources.


To argue that special needs students are a waste of time is quite maddening. We are a world full of different personalities, religious beliefs, and language; and we should be accepting of all these. These students should not be looked at as a burden or a waste of time.

"We have no special needs children. Just children... with special needs."

Studies have shown that students with disabilities bring new strengths to the classroom. Yet, unfortunately, we tend to focus on what they lack, such as paying attention skills. Every year we learn more about these disabilities ( Down Syndrome, Dyslexia, Autism, ADHD, etc.. ). For instance, Mark Coy, now a computer engineer, is autistic. He was belittled and made fun of in class because he was "different." He was Salutatorian.

Additionally, students with disabilities do better when in a setting where more is expected of them. We know from the "Pygmalion in the Classroom"" experiments that when teachers expect more from students their achievement goes up. When students are excluded from regular classrooms and placed in enclosed ""special ed"" classrooms, the potential for stigmatization, ridicule, and self-condemnation are heightened, and teachers tend to treat these students as less able compared with so-called normal children. In an inclusive classroom, children with disabilities have the opportunity to experience what it"s like to be considered normal enough to learn in a regular classroom environment. They are inspired by the positive performances of their peers, and they rise to the higher expectations of their teachers.

Thirdly, having different types of students in the classroom inspire teachers to be clever and unique on how they teach. We have had the same system of teaching for years; I wouldn't be against it changing for once.
Debate Round No. 1


You act like all disabled or special needs children add to the classroom. What about those children that are violent or uncontrollable? What about those that take away from the classroom? A few bad apples ruin the bunch my friend. While yes, diversity in the classroom is a good thing in concept, when do we teach a point where it is absurd? When we are allowing children to be potentially harmed or distracted by problematic children with special needs, is the diversity really worth it?


I'd ask if you'd refer to these "special needs children," as students. I disagree with the use of the term "children," as it belittles the person to something their obviously not.

"What about those children that are violent or uncontrollable?"

Firstly, I'd hope you know that there is only a very small minority of violent special needs students; it's like 5% of all special needs. And "most behavioral problems often result from feelings of discouragement, frustration, and inadequacy." You, firstly, have to pinpoint what their disability is, and then figure out what is causing them to lash out. If you can figure out the cause of their overt behavior you then can give them the correct guidance and help. For instance, a student with a reading disability might lash out, due to their frustration with the inability to decode words. Or a student with dyscalculia might scream, due to their lack of understanding to find the meaning of numbers. They're not doing it purposely, they simply feel overwhelmed. You must realize, special needs students might need more emotional support than we do. By giving them compliments for very small accomplishments, you can help them in a tremendous way. It might be a small step for us, but it might be a major step for them. But, I do agree that if they are taking away from precious class time they should be taken into another room; and let them cool down and teach them separately.

"What about those that take away from the classroom?"

I don't believe that non-violent special needs students "take away" from the classroom, yet rather, give a new experience. Having a special needs student in a class lets other students interact with them, making them feel they are something. They should be considered equal in almost all situations; including punishments. To me, everyone is accountable for their actions. They shouldn't be excluded from punishment unless their misbehavior is a direct result of their disability. They need to know when their behavior is inappropriate as well as given a reasonable consequence.

"allowing children to be potentially harmed or distracted by problematic children with special needs, is the diversity really worth it?"

Yes, it is; because the vast majority of special needs students aren't even violent. You seem to explicitly endorse that all special needs students are a "distraction," which isn't the case. Also, I'd ask, that in the final round if you could provide some real evidence; instead of some unconvincing anecdotal evidence.
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