This is a question about “inclusion for all” and it is being answered by John Price, the former principal of John J. Audubon School in Chicago. John is talking about how inclusive schools can provide opportunities for teachers to educate learners about their individual differences. This, Price maintains, makes all students savvier about their abilities, gifts, and their needs. This won’t happen simply by educating students with and without disabilities together, however. As Price points out, teachers have to be explicit in their support of inclusion and their conversations about it.
If you want to learn more about John, check out this article about the Blue Ribbon Audubon received last year. John and the wonderful staff at the school received a lot of attention for not only their jump in test scores but for their commitment to differentiated instruction and inclusive education.