UNESCO has recently defined five misconceptions that surround inclusive education.
Myth 1: Inclusion is (only) for disabled children
While it may have started as an issue of disability, inclusive education now embraces students from various racial, ethnic, sexual, social, religious, cultural and linguistic background.
Myth 2: Quality inclusive education is pricy
Data shows that segregated education is more expensive. What is more, in those low-and middle-income countries) where disabled children receive inclusive education, significant economic benefits can be seen.
Myth 3: Inclusion threatens other students’ progress
Studies show that every child benefits from inclusive education. Even students without special needs perform better on an academic level and obtain more developed social skills.
Myth 4: Special education teachers will be no longer needed
Collaborative work of class teachers and special educators is the key to successful inclusive education.
Myth 5: Inclusion is the school’s responsibility
Inclusion shouldn’t happen only in schools; it should start with changing the attitude of society and taking steps against segregation.