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Educators have been taking positive action towards integrating developmentally delayed children in the general school environment (Broder, Shalom 15). Inclusion is when all students are being educated in the same classroom, regardless of their strengths or weaknesses (Renaissance Group web). Years ago, children with disabilities were not included in the federal education system. Federal laws didn't begin until 1975 to allow children with disabilities to be included in the classroom. In the mid-70s, about one million children with disabilities weren't receiving a public education. They were either not education or sent to special homes (Gutloff 5). Today inclusion has become a popular way to teach and include children with disabilities in the classroom. Many people think that it is a great way to get them in a normal educational setting. On the other hand, many teachers are against inclusion and think that it takes away from the children in the classroom that don't have disabilities.

After reviewing both sides of inclusion, I think that inclusion is a great way to teach children with disabilities. It is also a great way to integrate all different kinds of students into one classroom.

The whole idea of inclusion is to be able to put all students in a learning environment without knowing who has a disability and who doesn't. No one student should be singled out in any classroom. Every student deserves an education without feeling alienated. In an inclusion classroom, no one knows who has an Individualized Educational Program and who doesn't. All of the students are mixed in the same classroom, but at the same time their teachers meet their individual education needs. Teachers need to modify the way they educate students so that they can meet the needs of student's differences (Capper, Frattura, Keyes 106). It can be very embarrassing...

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