Since I've already cracked open the Pandora's box of mainstreaming vs. tracking, I thought I'd toss another log into the fire. Here's a quotation from Joseph Shapiro's No Pity--a collection of essays advocating the disability rights movment:
"Segregation--whether the result of stairs or attitudes--creates harmful myths and stereotypes. Worse, it sets up a self-fulfilling prophecy for failure. That disabled people are invisible or separated, Americans have long assumed, is proof that they do not need inclusion or are not even capable or worthy of it."
Are we setting up students for failure by giving them the "basic skills" or "special education" labels? What criteria are we using to track students at Arapahoe, and how does constructivism support or contradict this system?