Thoughts on inclusion……a personal view


Wow! What a debate to start the New Year with! In my last blog I concentrated on the ‘mechanics’ of the system and said that pondering on what it means was for for another discussion….well this is it!

Since I have been teaching there has been a shifting view on this with the closure of special schools and a move towards more inclusive mainstream classrooms. This has largely coincided with the actualisation of ‘care in the community’ and the shutting down of homes for adults with mental health issues. Both of these have had their disastrous moments; the notion of putting bewildered and often frightened children and adults in settings they cannot cope with is a seriously flawed one. Newspaper headings in the ’80s and ’90s screamed about unsolicited killings of innocent people just going quietly about their business , attacked with knives and samurai swords; inevitably the perpetrator was…

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