Personally I was cool with this, I believe that a schools primary function is a social education more so than academic one. Schools obviously are not set up that way on purpose but that is usually how it works out, so learning to deal and cooperate with the special needs kids prepared me for the real world outside of school. I learned to treat them as ordinary people not as outsiders who I would alienate by treating as second class citizens.
This is really the key. The lessons of empathy, understanding and co-operation are far more important than the odd interruption in class. The special needs students are still pulled out from time to time to work on their specific needs but teachers try to incorporate them in as much of the daily activities as possible.
I'm a teacher and at a recent "dance fest" there were tons of examples of students helping their special needs classmates to participate in large group routines. Either pushing them in their wheelchairs, guiding their walkers or simply prompting them as to what to do next. It was a pretty special thing to see and is a great example of the lessons these students learn.
Awesome read. What I find interesting is Activision's projection that COD games will continue to sell more because the previous games have always increased in sales. Are they projecting that COD games will increase in sales forever?
Homeowners in the US thought their homes were going to increase in value forever. That didn't turn out so well...