Tag Archives: Inclusive Education

Unexpected Encounter

Recently, I had a great encounter. I didn’t expect to meet this person in Mongolia, the person who I would say is well-known to the majority of Japanese: Mr. Hirotada Ototake, the author of “No one’s perfect” (in Japanese, Gotai Humanzoku which literally means without limbs). He came to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to an event for opening new bookstore branch and introduce his book translated into Mongolian.

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Furthermore, at this event, Mongolian national iconic person, Asa Shoryu (previous sumo wrestling Champion in Japan) was also present, so it was double unexpected encounter for me.

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Inclusion is not only about disability

Inclusive Education is not only about students with/without disability but also about including everyone (minority) without discrimination into a regular classroom.

Although it is the brief definition of inclusive ed, we often consider it as the former (including kids with disabilities). But I just found other type of inclusion from “Teacher Tuesday”.

Teacher’s Tuesday is a social media campaign implemented through Global Monitoring Report(GMR) of UNESCO, introducing 10 teachers from 10 countries around the world for 10 weeks (Tuesdays) from the 25th February, to share their stories, motivations and challenges in their work. The detail is shown on the map below.

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Inclusive education advertised by students

“Well, what you said sounds good but it’s difficult to implement.”

When I mention about inclusive education, many people have said that. Yes, it is hard to accept a change of the status quo, unless we know the importance of it.

The question is how you inform such an importance?

Among various media through which we can be informed on this like books, journals, or 200-page-long report, I found something which I think is a great source—the real voice of kids telling the importance of inclusion through a contest.

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Human Rights or Practice-Inclusion

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Inclusion is a hot topic for the post 2015. 

 New York, 3 October 2013 – The inclusion of the rights of persons with disabilities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda was debated at the highest level of government during the opening of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly a week before. It is the first time in UN history that the rights of persons with disabilities have been discussed within the framework of the UN political agenda.  Continue reading

Unconsciously…

When was the last time you discriminated somebody or vice versa?

Shamefully, I have discriminated much more than being discriminated.
We unconsciously tend (or not) to discriminate based on our knowledge, experience and education.

Regarding this theme, I came across an interesting experiment in which there were 3 different persons trying to cut the bike lock. The experiment showed how people reacted to those 3 persons.
1: Black boy
2: White boy
3: Blond girl

The result:
1: People kept asking what he was doing and lastly someone called a police
2: People kept asking what he was doing but nobody took any action
3: She received a help from somebody.
(Although the sample is really small) this case shows that people unconsciously discriminate.

Also, in regard with inclusive education (including everyone in “regular” school, including those with disability, afro-descendent, Rome, people from rural area, etc), an article on Indian school addressed some startling facts:

Among parents, teachers and school staff, “the most negative attitude towards children with disabilities was expressed by young teachers; those with postgraduate degrees; and those from high socio-economic backgrounds. Many of those who held this attitude have people with disabilities at home.

Before I became familiar with inclusive education, to be ashame, I didn’t even care so much about persons with disability. Now I am such a inclusion supporter.
Ideally, we should get rid of any type of discrimination. To reach that goal, we need relevant knowledge, experience and education. Inclusive education is a great key toward that goal given that It hold those three factors.

When was the last time you discriminated somebody or vice versa?

Say Cheese, ah?

Nobody can live alone.

We live in a society everybody helps each other in some ways.
I believe that Inclusive Education is one of the best ways to raise the awarness that everybody is different and needs adequate help.
To change our perception of “traditional” school, the following photo might be a good source.


A mother of the separated kid was outraged after seeing how separate her 7-year-old son Miles Ambridge was in the annual class photo.
Since the picture went viral, the photography company agreed the separation of Miles from his class was a mistake and has offered to retake the photo.
The article: “Why Mixing Students With and Without Special Needs Is a Good Idea” (Source of the photo)

This article adresses the story on this photo as well as benefits of Inclusive Education.
The data show that when students with disabilities spend more time in a general education classrooms, they have better results in terms of attendance, behavior and performance in reading and math tests, which benefits the entire student body and school administration.
Students who may not be classified as special ed, but have difficulty learning or struggle academically, also make big gains. That’s because inclusion classrooms are smaller and they’re often lead by two teachers, or a teacher with additional support staff, in order to provide everyone with personalized attention.
That is, students with and without disability will benefit in many ways from inclusive education.

I hope there will appear many sources to have an impact on inclusive education.