Working Toward Inclusive Education: Social Contexts. Peter Mittler. London: Fulton, 2000.

In this book Peter Mittler tells the story of including students with disabilities in British schools, a story whose ending (like our own) is incomplete. As an American also invested in inclusion, I felt somewhat familiar with the basic theme of each chapter. Britain's experiences read much like our own: Inclusion in schools is truly complex, sociopolitical change takes place over decades and seems always to have room for improvement. As Mittler says, “Inclusion is not about placing children in mainstream schools. It is about changing schools to make them more responsive to the needs of all children” (p. vii).

The book is packed with recent inclusion history and analyses of societal issues influential to initiating inclusion in public school systems. Mittler's writing carries the readers first through a brief history of British...

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