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ERIC Number: EJ786648
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
A Question of Universality: Inclusive Education and the Principle of Respect
Cigman, Ruth
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v41 n4 p775-793 Nov 2007
The universalist argument that all children should be educated in inclusive mainstream schools, irrespective of their difficulties or disabilities, is traced to the claims (a) that special schools and disability "labels" are inherently humiliating, and (b) that no decent society tolerates inherently humiliating institutions. I ask (following Avishai Margalit) whether there is a sound reason for a child to feel humiliated by special schools/disability "labels" as such, and find none. Empirically, some do and some do not find these humiliating, and it is argued that the failure to address the multiple "realities" of disability and learning difficulty is responsible for the policy impasse in this area.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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