“Including” young children with emotional and behavioral disabilities affects the learning and behavior of their non-disabled classmates, researchers conclude. Other students “had more absences, lower math and reading scores in kindergarten and 1st grade, and were more likely to act out in the classroom or struggle with social skills,” reports Ed Week.It doesn't take a tremendous leap of faith to extend these findings to high school, either.
Federal law requires mainstreaming of students with disabilities “to the maximum extent appropriate”.
There is a “direct negative effect,” said researcher Michael A. Gottfried, an associate professor of education at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
A lack of discipline hurts everyone, too.