Mainstreaming is a complex phenomenon that reaches far beyond placing children in regular classes. Special education people are advocating a mainstreaming process as it applies to exceptional or handicapped students. But mainstreaming should be considered as a new delivery system which can be a potent vehicle to bring about major curriculum and systems changes in American education. In fact, the new delivery system en compassed in mainstreaming seems to be the tip of an iceberg that touches all aspects of the educational process.
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