Pauline Hanson is wrong – we need to include children with disability in regular classrooms

Linda J. Graham, Queensland University of Technology; Kate de Bruin, Monash University

Evidence shows that the senator’s comments on the burden of children with disability are misleading.

Comment: No! I’m sorry, but Pauline has got this one right. The problem is that, as always, her message is lost in her inability to properly express herself. Many commentators are now saying this. Teachers with autistic and special needs students in mixed classes ( special needs with those without special needs) ars probably best placed to talk to this. It is accepted that having high performing special needs students in a class is fine and the other students benefit. However, if the special needs students are not high performers and find education difficult , the opposite is true, in general. Food for thought!

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