Does Inclusive education promote successful learning?When checked with teachers about their experiences with inclusion, I did hear a lot of concern in terms of academic pace, social isolation , attention seeking, adaptation to curriculum and so on. But every complaint concluded with the words, “but, done right, inclusion is immensely beneficial to every child.”
Inclusive education helps diverse learners to work alongside gifted ones. I feel it also motivates them towards reaching common objectives which they would not be able to do in an exclusive set up. Peer pressure works in their favour and conforming to the group, doing whatever the group does, helps take them forward in their skills. In other words ,inclusion enhances learning for students, both with and without special needs. Students learn, and use their learning differently; the goal is to provide all students with the instruction they need to succeed as learners and achieve high standards, alongside their friends.
On the other hand, mainstream students also get to understand and empathize with special ones, showing care and concern, helping out when it is needed, and rendering such other help, thus fostering the formation of solid relationships in the process. Such acceptance will stand them in good stead as adults in today’s environment which is more competitive than caring.
Students with special needs are motivated to come closer to mainstream by having to be with and do all that any regular student does.Too much attention is not given to their shortcomings in an inclusive set up.
Sometimes, it becomes hard to impose generalized discipline rules in students and expect them to conform when special children get ’tweaked’ rules.
Children are god’s gifts and all I want to quote is “It’s their difference that makes them unique.”
Ms. Simi Sheffi
Primary Coordinator,International Centre for Excellence