• Absolutely.
  • yes. it is too much of a distraction. also children with learning disabilities require more time, thought and explaination and its not fair to the children to group them together.
  • Most classrooms and teachers are not geared for teaching a full range of abilities. Because of this, it would be necessary to change the way of teaching to make it effective. The best place for all children is in private schools, like Waldorf and Montessori, where the teaching methods are geared to handle each and every one of the children in an ideal setting.
  • They need both. Though mostly the separate. I occasionally volunteer with CD children. They have different needs and so they need different classrooms. If someone has the learning ability of a first grader but is in 5th grade, it is unfair to try to stick them in a situation where they cannot learn. It will do them no good. Regular ed classrooms are nice though for the sake of them having children of their own age. As well as teaching other kids how to respect those different from themselves.
  • To me it depends on how severe the disability is. If they are not able to keep up in class and are constantly needed special help, sure. But many disabilities are not very severe and can be delt with in a regular classroom setting with maybe some extra tutoring on the side.
  • Some children with learning disabilities are very disruptive and make it impossible for other children to concentrate so it's a good idea. Also, they don't learn at the same pace and may either hold the other children back or be left behind themselves
  • if our governments spent less money on prisons and wars and such I think we could have entire schools or facilities or at least branches of public schools devoted entirely to teaching children with learning disabilities. My nephew has a learning disability. He is placed in a classroom with regular kids and expected to learn as they do. He has failed 3 times and yet they refuse to try to offer any assistance other than teachers meetings where they tell my sister he needs to study harder and apply himself more. They will not put him in special education because it seems those classrooms are for kids with severe mental and physical disabilities. He's a bright kid, but he has a condition where he just learns slower, he didn't even begin to talk until he was almost 6. He has ADHD, Executive Function Disorder and is dyslexic. In order for him to be able to function it was advised he seek a therapist and get medications. The medications turned him into a zombie and he still was failing classes. Obviously, he needs to be in an atmosphere where he can learn with techniques appropriate for and tuaght by those that are understanding of his condition. He learns well at home with his mother when she works with him, but his father has him half the time too and does not make sure he gets the attention and assistance he needs.
  • I think that if it weren't cheaper to mainstream them, most folks would probably admit there needs to be a mix. I don't think mainstreaming all day serves the needs of either group, and I have a child with a disability. I think there needs to be a range of options, from self-contained classrooms for children with serious mental illnesses to part day self-contained, part mainstream for kids with learning disabilities who are capable of getting along socially, to full mainstream for kids with physical disabilities who can learn normally and get along socially. We can easily help them get from room to room and they can skip phys ed. I taught kids who had serious mental illness who had come from a mainstream classroom after committing a crime or after becoming totally unable to cope in a regular setting. Their relief at being out of the regular classroom setting was palpable. They were totally overwhelmed in a mainstream setting and it had caused them terrible stress. It really was not in their best interest.
  • there is no such thing as a "regular or normal" person. No, children with learning dissabilities should be taught in the same classroom. The teacher could give the LD student exra notes and help after class.
  • Yes because the teacher does not take into consideration as much as they SHOULD that not all children are academically at the same level or developmental level. I can say this as I have a little boy who does have learing disabilities and I want him move to a different class with younger peers. Also he says to me the other children don't like him and no one plays with him. :(

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