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A Right to Inclusive Education?

Stories of Parents with Autistic Children in the Search of Mainstream Schools
I see inclusion and inclusive education more a matter of ethics: how we learn to live and learn together with diversity.  Arguments against (or at least skeptical about) inclusive education based on the lack of skills among teachers or suitability for the students concerned are, to me, not always convincing.  I believe that these are but technical difficulties or resources problem that can be overcome relatively easily and therefore are not good grounds for depriving any human being  of being treated equally.  Human diversity is just a plain fact.  We all have to learn how to get on with others in an respectful and ethical way.  Isn't it what education is about?

Respect for the equal dignity and moral worth of the persons with disabilities is a demand of ethics.  By protecting equal rights, law is always used to help achieve this end. Law provides practical mechanisms for enforcement and sanctions. It al…