After careful consideration of both sides of the argument I would be on the side for Maintaining Continuum of Services. I can understand that those fighting for Full Inclusion would not want the special education students being pulled out of the general education classes. I feel that it is in the best interest of the student with special needs to be able to have those special classes so that the professionals can better address the needs of that student. As an upcoming teacher I am preparing myself for the possibility of having a child with special needs in my classroom, but the general group of up and coming teachers aren’t necessarily preparing for that. Rather than a person wanting to become a teacher and going through all the necessary leg work to get there, teachers-to-be would have to be required to have a certification in special education. Having a student with disabilities admitted into general education classes, though I applaud the efforts, needs to be able to have those special classes when the general education classes become too much for that student.
I most agree with the last part of the Maintaining Continuum of Services quoted, “Students have the right to receive the appropriate educational services to fulfill their learning needs in the most suitable site.” The issue is coming down to the rights of the student. I agree that each and every student, no matter their disability, has the right to an education. At the same time, I believe that it is in the best interest of each student with disabilities to have the option of attaining better services to help them get past their disabilities and learn.