Mainstreaming and It's Effects on Students and Teachers

Jane Doe
Professor Smith
Elementary Education 101
28 April 2003

Mainstreaming and It's Effects on Students and Teachers

Today a big league baseball pitcher signed a contract for eleven million dollars. My tenth grade science teacher made thirty-five thousand. Obviously, our society places a higher value on sports figures and entertainers than it does on the people who educate our children.
The to many, mainstreaming is another side effect caused by societies lack of emphasis on education. Mainstreaming is being implemented in schools across the country at an alarming rate and there is a lot of disagreement on the effects of mainstreaming on various categories of students.
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same general education with peers in their own age group, regardless of developmental issues that may impact them academically. Under the guidelines of mainstreaming, a school would be responsible for justifying the removal of a child from the mainstream classroom and placing them in a special needs setting. Without mainstreaming, schools do not need to provide much in the way of justification, and can simply classify students with little rhyme or reason.
A major goal of mainstreaming is to make sure that all students have access to the best educational opportunities that the school system can provide them with, regardless of special needs. It relies more heavily on accommodation than segregation. Mainstreaming is difficult for most academic institutions because it involves a new way of thinking and teaching. As it now stands, most teachers teach to the class as a whole-they do not teach their students on an individual or one to one basis. "The National Education ...

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In theory, mainstreaming sounds like an easy enough process. Include everyone and teach to him or her on an individual basis. But, when mainstreaming is studied further it is easy to see where some of the pitfalls may occur. Critics' claim that the mainstreaming craze is primarily motivated by money and is not in the best interest of students with special needs or who need reasonable accommodation in the classroom. Today, there appears to be enough money for the development of IEP's (Individual Educational Plans), required by the Mainstreaming process-but as the system starts to pull away from special educational ...

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