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Becoming a Great Inclusive Educator

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Edited By Scot Danforth

Inclusive education continues to grow in popularity and acceptance in the United States. However, most teachers – general and special educators – are poorly prepared to be successful in inclusive classrooms and schools. Undoubtedly, the challenge to professionals involves the acquisition of new knowledge and skills. But inclusion requires far more. It calls upon educators to trouble everything they think they know about disability, to question their deepest ethical commitments, to take up the work of the Disability Rights Movement in the public schools, and to leap headlong into the deepest waters of the rich craft tradition of inclusive teaching. This book offers educators the guidance and resources to become great inclusive educators by engaging in a powerful process of personal and professional transformation.
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Chapter 4: What Is Best in the American Dream

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CHAPTER FOUR

What Is Best in the American Dream



Guiding Questions

• How do John Dewey’s vision of a democratic community and his concept of moral equality help you understand what inclusive classrooms and schools can be?

• How does the social model of disability inform you about the relationship between social inequality and disability in society and schools?

• What does Nel Nodding’s ethic of caring add to your orientation to teaching in inclusive schools?

• What other intellectual and ethical resources do you find helpful in your work as an inclusive educator?

Anyone who becomes a teacher has embraced a life of ethical purpose, engaging in a continuing struggle to contribute to the well-being of children, families, and the larger society. In the United States, we acknowledge that a high quality public education furthers what we call the American dream, a shared set of democratic ideals initiated by the authors of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence and continued by our beliefs and actions today. We are dedicated to the challenge of providing ways for all citizens to have equal access to “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”

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