Parents' Reflections on their Children Being Excluded
Education and Social Sciences
Education, Fogarty Learning Centre
The human cost of exclusion is not confined to the student. Parents of excluded students feel they are judged as unworthy parents and are mere observers to a decision that has radical implications for their son’s/daughter’s future education. As partners in the educational enterprise of their child, they are often powerless in the exclusion process and are voiceless in the discourse that surrounds the decision to exclude as well as the decisions regarding future education options. The parents’ experience of exclusion is a side of the exclusion story that is not often heard. This article describes how a group of parents experienced their son’s/daughter’s mainstream schooling and exclusion from a mainstream secondary school. The parents’ story is passionate, painful and poignant. It highlights the need for the continued development of inclusive practices in mainstream schools.