ConnectionsKliewer's article "Citizenship in school" talks about the inclusion of children with special needs into the "regular" classrooms. He mainly focuses on inclusion of those with down syndrome. He believes that there should be acceptance of those with special needs and they shouldn't be segregated from the other students in the school. While reading this article I kept thinking about "Privilege, Power, and Difference" by Johnson and "Safe Spaces" by August, that we have previously read in class. Even though August talks about LGBT issues in schools I feel like her points can relate to any of the "underdog" groups in a school system.
Johnson states "We don't have to love one another - or even like one another - to work together or just share a space in the world" (Johnson, 6). This is a very powerful statement that Johnson makes. In schools, children with disabilities are separated from the "regular" students, not because they are disliked. I feel like this is unfair to them. Separating the students is what points out the differences between them. When students notice the differences they begin to make fun of one another; trying to get them to fully accept one another becomes little bit more difficult at this point. This quote relates to Kliewer because he states, "school citizenship requires that students not to be categorized and separated based on presumed defect" (Kliewer, 85). Including children with down syndrome can be beneficial to them and the other students. The students will be able to work together everyday and accept each other. Doing this will create a safe space. I found this really inspiring video, its about a girl, who has Down syndrome, being including on her schools cheerleading team. She was being bullied but other students stood up for her. This made me really happy because now it made her school a safe place.
website that is all about Down syndrome, I found many interesting points. They state that children with Down syndrome put in a regular classroom do better socially and academically, and they have studies to prove it.