Well, it looks like Mr. Fancy Pants (that's me) has the wind up his shorts. This is probably not "About.com" style, but my editor just had her position eliminated, so I guess I can risk taking a little liberty until they finish moving the desks. Besides, I still get posts on my rant about the Nashville Opryland Hotel, so I guess it's beneficial to let 'er rip every once in a while.
I heard in September from a reader who wanted the special education definitions for inclusion, integration and differentiation. I'm not sure if he was an undergraduate looking for help on a paper (quote away, junior!) or a general education teacher with a bone to pick with a principal, but he did get me thinking (I also posted a new glossary entry.) When I took over this website, I tiptoed around my predecessor's use of "Inclusional" (what the double hockey sticks is that?) and "integration." I did a survey of the web of the term "integration" and it generally is used either to describe programs to encourage the social "integration" of English Language Learners, immigrants or minority ethnic groups. Inclusion is pretty exclusively used to describe the educational practice of educating children with disabilities alongside their typical peers to as great a degree as possible. When I hear about someone teaching Sunday School questioning whether "those children" belong in Sunday School it sets my teeth on edge. It's inclusion.
Perhaps they use "inclusional" to describe the practice in Ontario, but the majority of my readers are in the United States. I also realized that when you put Special Education into Google, specialed.about.com Googles right after the Office for Special Education Programs (third, I think.) I think that makes me an authority. So, as an authority, I went in and changed the category. It's just straight up inclusion. I will need to go in and clean out all the fuzzy, (yeah, did she really teach special education?) articles. So hear this: it's "inclusion", and they are "inclusive" practices
Some of you general education teachers want to use my articles to blame special education teachers for your failure to read your students accommodations, share the planning and the teaching (you have to know, some Special Educators are also just really fantastic teachers.) and learn some successful differentiation strategies. Sorry. Suck it up, and learn about the practice and the philosophy called "inclusion." It will make you a better teacher.
And in the mean time, the proper usage is "inclusion," and "inclusive practices." Take it from an expert. And don't try to argue unless you have more page views than I do.