When research is not enough
By Dr Glenys Mann
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Dr Glenys Mann is a sessional academic working in the area of inclusive education and has a background in primary school teaching. In this fabulous article, Glenys gives a comprehensive overview of the evidence supporting the case for inclusive education but goes one step further. She also recognises that parents sometimes need more than evidence to advocate for an inclusive environment at the school they choose, and therefore she provides an overview of their rights and useful strategies that parents can use to build good relationship with their chosen school.
’If the research is not enough to secure enrolment in a regular school with an inclusive experience, what more do parents need? I suggest that research evidence, as important as it is, is the icing on the cake. Inclusive education is not just a matter of science. It is a fundamental human right, a means to avoid the damage done by segregation and congregation...’
First published in Voice, April 2018.
Since this article was published, Down Syndrome Australia has released its comprehensive Community Inclusion Toolkit. The education toolkit provides a wealth of practical fact sheets and resources for parents and teachers to use to better improve the inclusion of children with Down syndrome into general school settings.
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