Mainstreaming is a controversial issue. When I was still in second grade I experienced mainstreaming first hand. I believe that it was detrimental to both the regular education and the special education. The SPED (let's just call him Steve), Steve, received different treatment that the rest of the class. For that we didn't really like him very much. He had easier work, got extra recess and lunch and many extra breaks. This made people (including me I must admit) dislike him. For this he didn't have any friends and there was animosity between him and everyone else. When you're in second grade you just want to play, spend time with your friends and not do as much work. Those are all things that 'Steve' received and the rest of the class did not. This created hotility and for that reason I'm against Mainstreaming.