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ERIC Number: ED109740
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
Mainstreaming--A New Public Policy in Education.
Birch, Jack W.; Johnstone, B. Kenneth
The greatest challange in education today is ensuring that all schools are as readily and fully accessible to handicapped children as to the nonhandicapped. From every standpoint, whether that of human rights, economic efficiency, educational effectiveness, or social desirability, the national interest is to serve handicapped children equally with all others. Putting this concept into practice means turning away from the traditional segregation of the handicapped. Mainstreaming--progressively including and maintaining handicapped pupils in regular classes while providing top quality special education for them--has emerged as a key concept in the treatment of the handicapped. Under mainstreaming, the handicapped pupils are the responsibility of regular class teachers who are provided with the support and consultation of special educators. Mainstreaming has emerged for a number of reasons--the labeling of children has been rejected, technical and scientific progress has improved instructional apparatus, educators have become aware of the cost of transporting special education students to their own schools, and the courts have ordered changes in the treatment of the handicapped. (Author/IRT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association of School Administrators (107th, Dallas, Texas, February 21-24, 1975)