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Katelyn Singleton
3/30 Discussion
Fri Mar 30, 2012 2:33pm
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The topic I have chosen for the issue paper is the same topic I did my annotated bibliography on. People around the country have different opinions on inclusion of special education students in general education and I can use the sources I found for the annotated bibliography to research this issue. Some people are firm believers in "No Child Left Behind," while others are firmly against it. There are many different opinions as to where children with learning disabilities should be placed in schools. People also have varied opinions as to what should qualify children to advance to the next grade. School systems around the country have different standards that students have to meet to advance to the next grade. End of grade test scores are the main basis for grade advancement. I believe that regardless of a child's test score, if they show improvement from the beginning of the year until the end then they should be able to advance. Students with learning disabilities have very low I.Q. scores and are judged on this criteria too. Inclusion is a growing issue around the country and a major argument in school systems. Since I am going into the teaching profession I want to have as much knowledge on the subject of inclusion that I can. I also plan on pursuing a second major in special education, so I will keep learning more about the topic. All of the sources I found for the annotated bibliography will be useful for this paper. I had originally planned to use the same topic for both assignments and luckily I am able to. Many of the sources for my annotated bibliography were books or articles written specifically on the subject and issue of inclusion, so I will have more than enough information to use on this paper. Also, the majority of my sources were based on research from real-life teachers and school administrators, so the research is valid and will be very helpful. Some sources were even recollections of teachers who had been faced with the issue of inclusion in their classrooms. In these particular sources the teachers provide information and strategies on how to deal with having a student with learning disabilities in your classroom and the different approaches you can take towards including him or her in general education.

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