Just have to share with the group one thing that I have seen with special ed.
inclusion in art - a special ed student that I have mentioned before - has
a 3 or 4 yr old mentality and learnig ability. He is with my fifth graders
classes and these 5th graders are so wonderful. He eats lunch with them and
they are so kind even though he does some very stomach turning things. Today
he was biting his hand just to see what the kids would do. They told him not
do it and called me over . I got him interested in his food again but later
to bite the back of his hand again and watched everyones reaction. Several
told his paraprofessional when she got back from her very short lunch break
and they were genuinely concerned. So inclusion is good for the students
"normal" to learn to be compassionate an d helpful. Just my two cents.