ERIC Number: ED319211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct-21
Reference Count: N/A
The Regular Education Initiative (REI): Where Do Students with Learning Disabilities Fit?
The paper defines the Regular Education Initiative (REI) and outlines its fundamental assumptions. The paper then discusses the responses of three organizations to the assumptions, as delineated in the joint policy statement of the National Education Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the American Association of School Administrators. The assumptions include: students are more alike than different; all good teachers use the same basic techniques and strategies; pull-out programs should be eliminated; the separation of special education and regular education programs results in inefficiency, duplication, and fragmentation; labeling is unnecessary and stigmatizes students; and physically separate education is discriminatory and unequal. The responses refute each of these assumptions and argue against the effectiveness of the REI in meeting the needs of special students. A 16-item bibliography is appended. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Practitioners; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Connecticut Association for Children with Learning Disabilities (19th, South Norwalk, CT, October 21, 1989).