Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Telling how it often is

This time in British Columbia

In so many walks of life one hears of the 'successes', not so often of the disappointments.

How often has one heard over the years of plans to set up a this or a that in Conductive Education. Some of these are modest plans, some are extraordinary in their presumption and their grandiosity? I hold up my own embarrassed hand in the latter respect.

Many, many of these plans one never hears of again, or they start with a grand fanfare, soak up blood and treasure beyond count, then slowly fade and are forgotten. Some of course survive and even modestly flourish. It is these that people hear about and help create the material standing image of much of the present-day 'conductive movement'.

Redressing the balance

Gill Maguire and I are currently putting together a collection of papers for publication in book form to give an account for the first time of what is involved in seeing such projects through. This will inevitably, however, offer a  rather skewed or biased impression, since what we cannot do, without far greater resources than we have at our disposal, is offer an account of dreams that were not fulfilled.

A quick honest injection of reality comes today in a brave public statement by James Forlitti, telling how it really is for so many people, and how Conductive Education can still kindle hope, even in the face of disappointment:

Forlitti, J. (2009) Not dead yet, Conductive Education in British Columbia, 23 December

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