more politics

While I am not contemplating anything as rash as voting for them, the Tories’ new stance on climate change is t be welcomed. It is, after all, one of the major issues of our age, and something my generation must face up to. I agree with him when Cameron says this s not a party-political issue, but something everyone must deal with.

I want to dismiss this as a gimmick on Cameron’s part, but cannot do so in good conscience. I think to dismiss him jut because he is a Tory is wrong, and a sign of a closed mind. On the other hand, he makes me very uneasy: he is looking more and more electable, and if this happens, something I care passionately for – inclusive education – dies. He has proposed a moratorium on the closure of all special schools.

As a ‘survivor’ of such a school (what an unfortunate term that is, given the situation of some of my classmates) I have seen first hand how such places fail kids.

Perfectly bright teenagers unable to read; students not being pushed. This problem is innate to such places, and it is only through inclusion that kids can flourish.

Yet, for many, this is why Cameron appeals. They see inclusion as a disaster, and agree with him when he says inclusion has gone too far; they, like him, inaccurately see inclusion as a money-saving scheme, although it would cost more than segregation in reality . Indeed, he has a disabled son so he should know.

This logic baffles me. I saw countless times how parents approved of what Hebden was doing, even though it was obviously failing kids. Their child could not read, but it was okay because they were happy at Hebden. This obviously is a problem which stems from low expectations of disabled children across the board: the assumption that we will never amount to anything much because of our disability, made by both teachers and parents, so why try hard to educate us? After all, work would only make us miserable.

This is why Cameron should not be heeded on this subject. He may have low expectations for his son, but I do not. Disabled kids do not need coddling; they need to be among their peers, disabled or not. Properly-supported inclusion is the only way to prevent the betrayal of thousands of kids.

More and more people are listening to Cameron; he sounds like a reasonable man, but segregation is anything but reasonable. I must, I know, sound like a broken record on this subject, and it probably is not high on many people’s agendas, but it is high on mine fore it concerns the education and thus the prosperity of millions of children. I have seen it first hand, and segregation is not the way forward.

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