Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Sort of weird, check it out

That's Conductive Education

Spina bifida Moms upon a peak at Darien. Let us hope that they do not stand silent long.

Apposite, isn't it?

On first looking into Chapman's Homer

 Much have I travell'd in the realms of gold,
 And many goodly states and kingdoms seen;
 Round many western islands have I been
 Which bards in fealty to Apollo hold.
 Oft of one wide expanse had I been told
 That deep-browed Homer ruled as his demesne;
 Yet did I never breathe its pure serene
 Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold:
 Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
 When a new planet swims into his ken;
 Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
 He star'd at the Pacific — and all his men
 Look'd at each other with a wild surmise —
 Silent, upon a peak in Darien.

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1 comment:

  1. An odd and instructive experience, this, spina bifida mothers in the US discovering Conductive Education, and finding that Conductive Education is at the same time discovering them!

    Two cultures meet unexoectedly. 'Kind of wierd' is how one of the mothers put it, and that's very rightly put.

    One should not take the above allusion to Cortez too far, it was not intended that way, but that is also a bit wierd, salutory in fact,if you extend it a little further. In Conductive Education of all places we should be very aware of just how reflexive and transactional human encounter has to be.

    None of this deters me from my suggestion that some mechanism is essential to nurture the future of CE and spina bifida around the world, but it does suggest something about how this, and perhaps analogous situations, might be handled.

    Sorry if my clumsy intervention caused consternation...