School Principals Defend Inclusive Education
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
July 25, 2006
CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND--A professional association of school principals has criticized a political party for blaming problems in schools on the country's policy of inclusive education.
According to Radio New Zealand, the National Party said at a weekend conference that the practice of including children with disabilities in regular classrooms has gone too far, is harming student learning, and that disruptive behavior has made it difficult for teachers to do their jobs.
The New Zealand Principals' Federation responded with a press statement Monday, saying inclusive education is working reasonably well and that the National Party should reconsider its position.
The Federation also suggested that in the future the National Party should go and speak to education groups before developing policies affecting students with disabilities.