Irresponsiblity of the ideologues

15th September 2000 at 01:00
I AM delighted that Marjorie Evans has won her appeal and has had her reputation so emphatically restored.

The case serves to highlight the growing and irresponsible practice of forcibly including highly disturbed pupils in mainstream situations without comprehensive support and expertise. These children do have rights, of course, and it is the right to have the best help available irrespective of the particular situation.

In many cases this is a special school or unit for a sustained period of time and with qualified staff.

Unfortunately the comprehensive dismantling of such services now bein undertaken will only lead to more cases like that of Marjorie Evans. As the drawbridge goes up more bodies will inevitably topple into the moat.

This does not appear to be causing much concern among the ideologues and gung-ho inclusionists, most of whom are well-distanced from the practices they so enthusiastically recommend for others.

Neither does it appear to bother them that vast numbers of children with serious behaviour problems are only sustained in mainstream classes with the help of drugs, mainly Ritalin.

Charles Gains

15 Hall Brow Close



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