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Long road to real inclusion

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Too often, great ideas live or die in the details involved in implementing the idea.

Unfortunately, just as often, the details of implementation are left to people who either did not fully understand the idea in the first place or who believe that if the idea cannot be justified on a spreadsheet, it is not worth pursuing.

Business analysts tell us that great ideas mostly fail because of obstacles on the path to realization, including lack of commitment, not enough research, poor timing, lack of strategy, unrealistic expectations and, most commonly, fear of failure.

Public education should be the last place where great ideas come to die for any of these reasons.

One great idea that cannot be allowed to die in an environment ostensibly devoted to growth and development of children is the practice of the inclusion of children with special needs in regular classrooms.

I clearly remember riding my bike to school in the 1950s past a different school — one surrounded by a chain-link fence. There was a large sign on that fence that read........

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