Inclusive education allows age appropriate exceptional students to attend regular schools with their peers instead of special education schools. It has been around for decades and implemented across many different countries to some success. There are several benefits to an inclusive education for the exceptional child.
- It allows the child and other children to mingle and make broad friendships and acquaintances.
- It allows easier integration into society.
- It fosters an environment where diversity and differences are accepted and celebrated.
- It enhances their developmental and social growth.
However, inclusive education has its detractors and drawbacks. Studies have shown that inclusive education programmes are not always correctly implemented and properly resourced. The exceptional children must still have qualified educators that are trained and capable of teaching them properly.
The other consideration is that special needs school classes tend to be smaller with more direct and individualised instruction, allowing each child to learn to their strengths and pacing.
Data support the effectiveness of direct instruction for students with disabilities and also for low-achieving students who might be referred for special education.
Anne M. Hocutt, Princeton University
There are numerous educational systems and methods that could potentially benefit your exceptional child, each with their own pros and cons. Inclusive education alone can be broken down into regular inclusion, partial inclusion, or full inclusion. The options can be broad and nuanced.
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