Reflections

Mark Lynes: Rolling Back

Mark was born in 1971 in Birmingham. He attended a local special school from age four to age sixteen and then went to a residential special college in Shropshire.

Here Mark reflects on the futility of segregation.

http://howwasschool.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/rolling-back.mp3

Transcript

I saw no reason throughout my life as to why a special school can’t be turned into a mainstream school, because a school is only a building at the end of the day. My fear in that from – and I haven’t followed the disability educational thing in that field that much - but my fear is that some of those things that we fought for are being rolled back. I mean, with the non – where people are looking at separation again. What’s the point of that? It hasn’t worked before and it won’t work again.