Thursday, 5 February 2009

Open-source parents’ ezine

Something for FREE

Education Bulletin is now in its fourth issue (January 2009). It is produced by parents and has introduced topics that people might not normally hear about.

Issue no 4 devotes considerable space to ‘Edusen’ a new computerised approach for parents asserting their rights to choice in their disabled children’s education. Other reports include one on the ‘Educational Innovation Laboratory’, an attempt to establish an evidence base for deciding between different educational approaches, and the English government’s current official enquiry into 'special educational needs'.

The magazine covers the wide gamut of such ‘needs’. Hardly surprising yet that Conductive Education has yet to be mentioned in its own right. There’s plenty there however, to interest conductivists.

The magazine is published in the UK but much of its contents has international relevance. For example, Edusen intends to cover several legal jurisdictions around the world, and the Educational Innovation Laboratory comes from the United States.

Open source ezine

Nicest of all, perhaps, this magazine is in fact an ezine, and is available and downloadable if you wish, free from the Internet.

See the current issue on from the ezine’s site, or register’ there to gain access to previous issues and receive emailed updates and news.

‘Register’ here means no more that typing in your email address into the box provided. There is none of the impudent prying nonsense that often bars the way to accessing much on the Net in the name of ‘security’.


Over the last month or so regular readers might have noticed approving reference to services that are provided ‘free’.

This is not the well-exercised notion of ‘free at the point of delivery’ lying behind the old aspiration of ‘free Conductive Education'. This might be free to you, but someone always has to pay. Estimable though this situation might be for a lucky few, as a business model for providing conductive services, it has limited applicability and sustainability. In that ccase, the simple answer to the problem of applicability/sustainability has often been, at least in Europe and the UK, that the state should pay. Well, maybe.

So far there have emerged no obvious solutions to this problem based upon ‘traditional’ conductive practice, in the developed nations as much as the developing. No doubt, though, some interesting possibilities will arise. Achieving the benefits of the conductive approach for all, though, may require some radical departures in conductive practice, dependent opon radically new business models suited to the constraints and advantages of the new age.

Some souls in CE are already nibbling at the margins. For example Conductive World is ‘free’, so is fundraising through eBay, but these are not core activities. How might one deliver the personal and social benefits of CE ‘free’, and what would be the implications if we could?



  1. I visited the Edusen site to check it out. You need to register. I am a little uncomfortable about giving my personal address and phone number, not for any great reason of security, but because I don't see why they need them. Having registered and logged on, I tried to "Start the System" but got caught in a loop of some sort that took me back to Log In. Other's experiences would be interesting.

    There looks to be a cost attached.

  2. My experience exactly. I'm reassured that it was not just me.

    And yes, of course there is a cost attached. Edusan is merely something reported (puffed?) in the ezene.

    Does anyone else have any views?

    I intend having another go at it tomorrow, and writing a review.