1st Edition

Inclusive Education isn't Dead, it Just Smells Funny

By Roger Slee Copyright 2018
    112 Pages
    by Routledge

    126 Pages
    by Routledge

    Positing inclusive education as a cornerstone of democracy, social equality and effective education, this unique book offers a timely response to the recent conservative backlash which has dismissed inclusive education as a field of research and practice which has become outdated and unfit for purpose.

    With profound insight and clarity, Slee delves deep into the architecture of modern-day schooling to show how inclusive education has been misappropriated and subverted, manifesting itself in a culture of ableism, an ethic of competitive individualism and the illusion of special educational needs. A unique book in both form and content, the author draws on music and art theory, on real-life observations and global experience, contemporary education policy and practice to reject calls for a return to segregated schooling, and put forward a compelling counterargument for schooling which models the kind of world we want our children to live in – a world of authentic, rather than divided communities.

    A timely response to a modern-day debate with global relevance, Inclusive Education isn’t Dead, it Just Smells Funny will be of interest to researchers and educators, policy makers, parents and practitioners with an interest in inclusive education.





    Interlude: Pilates.

    Essay One: A time for Frank speaking.

    Interlude: Unbelievable!

    Essay Two: Perspective, illusions and other treacheries.

    Interlude: It’s a long way down.

    Essay Three: Diving for dear life.

    Interlude: The blind man with the lamp.

    Coda: The man, the fountain and the struggle for existence.


    Roger Slee is Professor at the School of Education, University of South Australia. He is Founding Editor of the International Journal of Inclusive Education and has published widely over the course of a long and distinguished career.