Tuesday, 1 December 2009

If I were a young man

Or a young woman, come to that...

If I were looking to help secure the future of my particular field, and at the same time advance my own career, and have a jolly time, I should be looking to present at appropriate academic/professional conferences.

Here a doddle of a conference just announced, with a veritable gift of a theme:

International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual Disabilities
3rd IASSID-Europe Congress

Conference theme
Integrating biomedical and psycho-social-educational aspects

Rome
20-22 October 2010

Could one wish for a better platform from which to articulate a conductive approach?

Don't protest that CE is not for intellectual disabilities. Here is a prestigious international organisation serving a wide-raging field of the human condition and crying out for the perspective that Conductive Education can bring.

Awkward questions

Making Conductive Education known to IASSID (and to similar organisations) could bring immense benefit for the whole CE movement If I recall aright, Reuven Feuerstein first attracted serious international interest from making such a presentation in 1964 (when IASSID was known as the IASSMD).

Were Conductive Education ever to have a collective strategy to ensure that it should not just scrape through but indeed flourish in the second decade of this century, then getting young and middle-level professionals (not just conductors, by a long chalk) presenting about it at such conferences would make an essential contribution.

The first awkward question is who will do this?

The second is where will CE be by 2020 (indeed, what will it be) if such things are not done?

It might all sound such a long time in the future, the year 2020, but it is not. Children who are today three years old will be barely teenagers. Sensible, informed parents are already thinking hard, worrying, trying to foresee and to plan for further ahead than these eleven short years.

Such a shame if the 'professionals', the paid help, do not similarly apply themselves, if not for the future of CE as such then at least for their own personal professional futures.

Reference

Feuerstein, R. (1968) The Learning Potential Assessment Device. In B.W.Richards (ed.), Proceedings of the First Congress of the International Association for the Scientific Study of Mental Deficiency, Reigate, Michael Jackson

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