The SAGE Handbook of Special Education brings together the most up to date knowledge of this area and will serve as the major source book of authoritative information and ideas about current and future directions for special education. It aims to examine the intricate relations between theory, research, and practice, and places a particular emphasis on international policies such as Education for All, and inclusive education as a strategy for achieving it. This comprehensive, research-based work, assembles scholarship on an international level, and covers topics that transcend national boundaries.
Chapter 13: Inclusive Schooling as a Means and End of Education?
Inclusive Schooling as a Means and End of Education?
In his book Meditations of a Broomstick, the celebrated scientist Baron Rothschild (Rothschild, 1977) muses on the ‘promises and panaceas that gleam like false teeth in the party manifestoes’. Working in government I came to observe myself as being incorporated into a disingenuous inclusive educational dental practice where too many of the patients, attracted by the allure of the promise of cosmetic orthodontics, awoke from the procedure to find the promise unfulfilled. Worse still, their own teeth were missing, having been replaced by a set of ‘false choppers’ that looked nothing like the smile on display in the government brochure (Slee, 2003).
In this brief discussion I will contend that ...