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ERIC Number: EJ790168
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Making Canadian Schools Inclusive: A Call to Action
Porter, Gordon L.
Education Canada, v48 n2 p62-64, 66 Spr 2008
How to best provide quality educational services to students with disabilities, and other special needs, is a flash point issue for education systems in Canada. The news stories are frequent and engaging. A family or parent demands one thing and a school district offers something else. Sometimes the demand is for more special services and sometimes for more access to regular education. The public often seems confused by the term "inclusion" and by the continuing struggle to establish a fair and equitable--but also sensible--Canadian approach to the matter. In exploring special or inclusive education, the author's point of view has developed over several decades based on his experiences in three distinct roles. First he has an educational perspective based on more than 40 years as a teacher, school principal, district official (special education) and a university instructor (teacher educator). Second, he has an advocacy perspective from his role as a volunteer in parent and family associations for people with intellectual disabilities (Canadian Association for Community Living) on a local, provincial, national and international level. Finally, he has a human rights perspective from his work in Canadian and international human rights efforts and as a member and current chair of the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission. In an attempt to bring some clarity to the issue, the author shares some thoughts on what it takes to make inclusive education work and identifies some key questions--and tentative answers. (Contains 8 notes.)
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada