Thursday, 25 June 2009


Bad people, daft science, dreadful writing

Medals of dishonour

Opening today at the British Museum is an exhibition called Medals of Dishonour.

Despite what one hears and sees in so much public relations and politicking, disability in general and Conductive Education in particular are not all smiles, celebration and hip-hip-hooray. And the activities of those one meets in these fields are not universally honourable, or worthy of honour.

Some people are surprised to learn this. I cannot see why. Many others could find candidates aplenty to nominate for Conductive Education's own Medal of Dishonour, both within the field and in sectors that abut on to it.

Audio-slide show (does it give you any ideas?):

Bad science

The field of Conductive Education outcome research richly deserves its own Ig Nobel Awards.

But what a problem to chose a winner from such a jostling field. How do you chose the winner? How do you single out the supremely egregious.

Bad sex

And what about an equivalent to the annual awards for truly awful, bad sex-writing, to be awarded for truly appalling descriptions of Conductive Education?

Conductive World is published in the United Kingdom, and therefore directly subject to the world's most oppressive libel laws. Naming and shaming can be a risky business.

As the above examples show, however, it can be done…

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