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Early childhood educators should concentrate on inclusive education



Published: Tue, February 11, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Early childhood educators should concentrate on inclusive education

Today, more children than ever are being put into day care facilities as infants and toddlers, which makes the need for inclusive education more important. Inclusive education is where a facility encompasses all children and families, regardless of any kind of disability, provides them with support and makes them feel as if they belong. Also, inclusive education is educating all children together.

I am an aspiring teacher. I am currently attending college to receive a double major in early childhood education and special education. This topic is very important to me because studies show that when parents are involved in the education of their children, the children tend to do better than if their parents are not involved.

I think it is important that day care facilities start to include family members in education, because the children will start to take more interest in school knowing their families take interest in their school. Also, all children should be educated together, regardless of disabilities. It is not right to have a child with a disability taken out of a general education classroom if that is the environment where he or she will flourish.

Inclusive education will yield very good results for all children and their family members. According to “Kids Together,” typically developing students will learn respect, diversity, acceptance and appreciation for every person. Also, students with disabilities will create friendships, develop peer role models and will be given higher expectations.

According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, when family members participate in the classroom, school readiness in preschoolers and later academic success increases.

More daycare and preschool facilities need to incorporate inclusive education. The government annually collects information about how many children are receiving an inclusive education so this should encourage facilities to want to create a high quality inclusive education program. Only positives can come from a facility that has a high-quality inclusive education program.

Stephanie Davis, Poland


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1redeye1(4690 comments)posted 10 months, 1 week ago

Stephanie Its people like you who cause kids to quit school early. They never had time to be just kids. It all about learning from the day they are born. By the time they hit their teens they are tired of school so they up and quit. We are not letting our kids be kids anymore . The parents of today just want them to grow up way too fast.

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2billdog1(1797 comments)posted 10 months, 1 week ago

Stephanie, inclusion is a great idea that has gone to far. One student in a classroom of twenty others that is disruptive takes away from the other twenty. A middle and high school teacher in most cases has 50 minutes to teach a lesson. One student being constantly redirected takes away 20 to 30 of those minutes from all the rest. In the same respect a gifted child in this group would be board with no disruptions. Behavior issues created as a result of bioloneurological disorder doesn't function in the regular classroom in most cases. As a student all theories sound practical, in practice they don't account for all cases. Good luck and always great to see somebody want to take on the awesome responsibility to educate our young.

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