Thursday, May 29, 2008

Child Voted Out of Class

Click on the title above to read the story.

It really makes me sad to read stuff like this. We don't know the first thing about mainstreaming, do we?

A few weeks ago, during my daughter's choral concert, one of the girl members who is developmentally delayed was singing off key and people were laughing at her. Evidently they thought it was so funny that she couldn't keep up with the rest of the group so they pointed out her disability even more by laughing at her attempt for wanting to be part of the group. They were laughing at her for wanting to be included.

Is this what mainstreaming is all about? To be included only if people can laugh at you when you don't measure up? When you're trying to fit in? Or in this little boy's case, to be voted "off the island" because he didn't behave like the rest of the people who live "on the island?"

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