Sunday, 28 June 2009
- Heather Last (PACES)
- Jo Baker (Megan Baker House)
- Joanne Mawdsley (Rainbow House) (x2)
- Never mind 'learning about the children's needs', what about doing something purposive in response to them?
- Does the Supreme Leader have the slightest grasp of what the services provided by his Government are doing instead in this respect?
- Why on Earth does he think that Joanne and so many like her are forced to dedicate their lives to create alternative systems, to try and compensate to some degree for the failure of the state to modernise its antedeluvian practices?
Fairley, J. (2009) Clarins award winner: 'My school has changed lives', Mail Online, 22 June,
Hoyle, L. (2009) Rainbow House visit Downing Street, ePolitix.com (no specific date identified)
Maguire, G. (2009) More awards for Conductive Education, Conductive Education Library, 23 June
Sutton, A. (2009a) CE honours, 2000-2005, Conductive World, 20 June
Sutton, A. (2009b) State responses to CE in the UK: inconsistant, or what? Conductive World, 13 June
There have been other postings too on this topic on the CE Blogosphere over the last couple of weeks.
Saturday, 27 June 2009
How very quiet and at ease everything seems on the Conductive Education front, on this hot, humid June weekend in Central England.
In the distance, though, I hear the rumble of thunder, and I think: 'There's a storm coming'.
Then I remember that I have used these words before on Conductive World, last September, in what may have seemed at the time just another Jeremiad... Looking back, that was written in another world.
Sutton, A, (2008) Another straw blowing in the wind (A further Jeremiad. Sorry!), 29 September
These words 'There's a storm coming', now as then, never fail to remind me of the final scene of The Terminator:
Thursday, 25 June 2009
People in the West know so little about what is happening in CE in China, or Russia. Perhaps correspondingly they know very little about us (or perhaps they do).
Here's a quick glimpse of something that has been happening in a day hospital in Moscow, though precisely what the conductor does there is not described (rather like happens in the West, actually).
As a leading method of treatment we apply a method of “conductive education" in a combination with modern rehabilitation technologies... The basic rehabilitation work is carried out by a team of experts which consists of a neurologist, a speech therapist, a psychologist and a “conductor” (an expert on “conductive education”).
Churchill, W. (1939) Radio broadcast, 1 October
Lilin, E., Nosko, A., Sharandak, A. , Rudnitskaya, L. (2008) The organisation of work of the day-time hospital on the basis of the rehabiitataion center, Euromedica Conference, Hanover, July 2008
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?):
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.
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…
A young man, 22 years of age, is doing a sponsored parachute jump. Nothing remarkable there, except that when he was very small I knew him. That was in Budapest when he and his mother were amongst the first major influx of foreign families to hit the Pető Institute following the screening of Standing up for Joe.
He now has a first-class honours degree and is going to jump out of an aeroplane at 13,000 feet.
I know this because a couple of hours ago Google Alerts notified me about a story in the local newsheet from where he lives in a little town in Wiltshire. By extraordinary coincidence, only a few days ago Gill Maguire posted an item in her Conductive Education Classics series on the Conductive Education Library blog, about early BBC broadcasts on Conductive Education, made around the time of that first exodus One of these was a 'studio debate' in the Kilroy programme. I was then trying to remember who had taken part in that event and I was sure that Lesley Rose was there, with her son James sitting on her knee. Then up he popped on the Internet.
Now James is reported as saying:
... the message we want to convey [is] about how some of our ideologies sometimes stop us from achieving. This view is applicable in every aspect of life – from poverty, money, to our daily routine.
I do not know how long James and his family 'stayed in Conductive Education', but it does rather sound like something of Conductive Education has stayed in him.
Note and references
Well worth a read. Even I, contrary to a lifetime's habit, feel moved to slip him a pensioner's mite. Maybe you will too. He jumps on 11 July.
-- (2009) Courageous James gears up for charity skydive, Melksham News, no 477, 24 June
Maguire, G. (2009) Conductive Education Classics no 6, Conductive Education Library, 21 June
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
I'm glad to let everyone know that our Director of Special Education for Prince George's Co. Public Schools has once again confirmed for me the continuation of our Conductive Education program for next year....simply amazing! Thank you for all of the messages of congratulations for this historic breakthrough in America's public schools!
We have at least one immediate position open and others that will likely be added shortly after the dust settles from the current RIF's being enacted at this time (reduction in forces). The long term plan is to engage as many as 15 Conductive Education Teachers across the Prince George's Co. Public School system's early intervention, regional and ortho sites. There are measures being taking for the creation of a new position FY 2011 which will be a "supervisor" position (Conductive Education Instructional Specialist) which would oversee the development and quality of the Conductive Education program.
Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland is the 2nd largest school district in the state of Maryland and 18th largest in the United States guiding more than 140,000 students. Pay is competitive and would be commensurate with experience.
A minimum of a 4 year bachelor's degree in Special Education or evaluated equivalent is required and Certification in the State of Maryland is a must in order to be hired as a Conductive Education/Special Education Teacher. In order to be certified, one must take and pass the Praxis I and Praxis II exams:
- (Praxis I) Reading, Writing and Math571057205730
- (Praxis II) 00353 - Education of Exceptional Students: Core Content Knowledge and 00352 - Application of Core Principles Across Categories of Disability
For more information on the Praxis test and testing dates, please visit: www.ets.org/praxis/
There are tests coming up in July which can still be registered for, so please take a look as soon as possible if interested.
If you have a email list of Conductors Teachers, please forward this information to anyone whom you know that may be looking for employment seeking a Supervisor position, or as a Conductive Education Teacher in a public school system.
Robert Kurz (President, Sixten's Foundation)
301 805 9406
- The immediate requirement is for two conductors, one to be in charge.
- It is hoped to expand this number eventually to fifteen, granting curent cut-backs.
- They will be employed as 'Conductive Education Teachers'.
- There are issues to do with qualifications and certification.
In both this and the previous notification there are some intesting points of cross-national compatibility of academic and teaching qualifications
- The main potential source of conductors worldwide has been the Peto Institute in Hungary. For some years its qualification has been issued in combination with a teaching qualification, to produce 'conductor-teachers'. This qualification has not been a degree.
- Henceforth the system will be different. The qualification from the Peto Institute will be a degree, and henceforth the new conductors will be graduates. It will not, however, be a teaching qualification and they will not be conductor-teachers.
- Graduates from NICE in Birmingham have always been graduates, but not teachers. They are therefore conductors, not conductor-teachers, unless they subsequenly take teacher qualificaton in order to work as teachers within a school system.
- Graduates from the course that was run at the University of Keele are 'teacher-conductors'.
- Before that, the conductors whom the Foundation for Conductive Education had trained at the Peto Institute were already professionally trained and working as teachers even before their training began. The then had four years' conductor-training, so they are both teachers and conductors. Rarae aves!
Also eligible are at least some of the conductors trained in Israel/Hungary. And what about the Spaniards and Mexicans trained on the ill-starred Navarre/Budapest scheme?
The organisers in Prince George's should have a varied field to chose from, as long as they get their notification out to all those who might be interested, after which they will have an interesting time sorting through candidates' qualiications.
Certification under Praxis I and Praxis II should then present no problems, as long as the conductors' initial qualification render them eligible to go forward for the tests.
What will they actually do?
There is not much tradition in Conductive Education of reviewing and accounting the previous experience of others, and precious little pratical professional literature. Presumably what was done in Sixten's pilot project will be importamt in determining the wider deployment and practice of the conductors to be employed in Prince George's.
Likely therefore that these two conductors will be adopting their own relevant training and previous working experience to the expectataions and requirements of this new context.
Robert Kurtz sees this project, with reason, as a 'historic breakthrough in America's public schools'. It will meet this vision only if those undertaking this work understand it as part of their role to describe what they are doing, its pluses and its minuses, so that others are not left to reinvent the wheel, again.
It will be interesting to see this reported.
Previous item on this scheme
Sutton, A. (2009) Big news from Maryland, Conductive World, 20 June
The good news...
The good news is that parental recognition and enthusiasm continues to burn around the world. Whatever else happens, as long as such enthusiasm continues to burn so brightly, the flame of Conductive Education will be kept alive.
Latest public manifestation is an article by Katy Buchanan in this morning's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. It could have been written anywhere in the world over the last twenty years or so.
This report concerns the long-established Conductive Education of Pittsburgh (est. 1998), which is passing to a new generation of families and changing its name to Steps to Independence.
Never mind the name change. Never mind the perpetuation of myth ('It's based on the idea that the brain can create alternate neural pathways to replace damaged ones'. OUCH!)
And rejoice that a more fundamental message of principle being handed on intact:
'We've heard some wonderful things about it [CE], but we're not out there recommending therapies for anyone," she said. "You have to make the best decision for your family and your child.
It is pity, therefore, that the rest of the world of Conductive Edication knows, and hears, so little about what happens down there. It is to be very much hoped that the New Zealand Foundation's sometimes very informative newsletter, now availably by email, will soon go on line.
Tuesday, 23 June 2009
- it has modest, focused service-delivery goals
- it is strongly embedded in its local comunity
- it represents long-term, total, personal commitment.
It is uusual, though not altogether unique over the years, for being founded and run not by parents but by grandparents, Heather and George Crate.
Public recognition and honours for Conductive Education are curently in the air. Here's another one to add to the list. In July 2004, the founder of Steps, grandmother-activist Heather Crate. was awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of the University, by her old university, Loughborough, also part of the community that she and Steps serve.
Note and references
Steps: Leicestershire Conductive Education Centre
Conley, R. (2009) Rosemary Conley diet and fitness blog , 22 June
Cantor, L. (2004) Presentation of Honorary Graduand, University of Loughborough, 13 July
Sutton, A. (2009) Twitter. What are you doing? Conductive World, 23 June
Monday, 22 June 2009
- Someone asks where she can find out about Conductive Education, someone else wonders how she can train in England as a conductor.
- Usual suspects from CE's still tiny Blogosphere announce their blogs
- Like in the macro-world, celebrity directs attention where it might not otherwise be achieved (not Oprah here, yet, but this morning Rosemary Conlan Tweeted attention to the Steps CE Centre's CE awarenss week)
- Only an hour ago the PEAL Centre in Pittsburgh PA announced vacancies on its CE summer school next month (an instant and universal exposure that the cluttered Web would never afford it)
A slow start, but if CE follows the example of the wider world, take-up may now be exponential.
So, what else might Twitter do for CE?
Have a look at Conductive World's companion aministrative site for a few modest proposals for simple end-user applications, whether you be service-user or service manager, conducor or outside student/professional. Find this at:
Saturday, 20 June 2009
Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2009 1:55 PM
Subject: Conductive Education in Maryland!!!
Just a quick note to send along some good news!!
To make a long story short...WE DID IT!
I had a meeting for more than an hour yesterday with our Director of Special Education from Prince George's County Public Schools and "she gets it"!!!! She totally sees how the children have responded during our one year Conductive Education pilot program and sees the value in continuing it long term! She wants to hire Conductive Education Teachers and place them in classrooms as stand alone Special Education Teachers
Fight for this in your local public schools!! Our key was the argument that we have all sorts of specialized Special Education Teachers...those who are trained to assist children with Autism, and those with Emotional Disorders, Behavioral Problems and Hearing Impairments... but we have no such thing in this country as a Special Education Teacher who is trained to assist children with Motor Disabilities... and this is of course exactly what a Conductive Education Teacher is! Our Director explained that Conductive Education is the missing link in our educational system!!!!
Please pass this information on about this historic breakthrough for Conductive Education to anyone you know who might interested. And if any Conductors are interested in more information about possible working opportunities, please have them contact me!
Thanks to all of you who helped make this dream come true!!
Yesterday, Friday 20 June, the Foundation for Conductive Education held its Annual Awards Ceremony at the National Institute of Conductive Education, in Birmingham England. The ceremony includes award of the Founder’s Medal, conferred annually on people without whom things would have been very different…
Last year’s Award Ceremony was international in tone (Sutton, 2008a), and the Medal was awarded to Ann Paul (Sutton, 2008a; 2008b) whose television documentary, Standing up for Joe, was the single major factor in kick-starting the internationalisation of Conductive Education back in 1986. This year’s ceremony was more domestic, and the medal-award rather different too. Here is my economium.
The empty plinth
While recognising the particular significance of the word ‘plinth’ in Conductive Education, I am using it here in its proper, monumental sense. Think of the ‘Empty Plinth’ in Trafalgar Square, a pedestal awaiting a hero.
In Conductive Education we are not short of heroes, more usually heroines, far from it, but today I have no heroes or heroines to present to you, for reasons that I shall now explain. As in the case of the still vacant plinth in Trafalgar Square, the reasons for this are perhaps of more general import.
I had three candidates in mind this year, all surely people without whose contribution we should not be sitting here today, For different reasons, however, I cannot tell you their names.
I had met her some years before I heard of Conductive Education, when she was a social work student who did a practice placement at the Parent and Child Centre in Birmingham. Some years later, in 1985, she was working for the major national child-care charity Barnardo’s and heard that I was having difficulty finding funds to set up the first substantial project to establish Conductive Education outside Hungary.
She told her boss about this, he told his boss, and then he told his boss. The upshot was that Barnardo’s pledged us £60,000, a fortune in those days, if we could get started. Subsequently Barnardo’s came wholly on board, and stood firmly by the Foundation during the what in the early nineties seemed a most terrible recession, making more money available and facilitating the Foundation’s transition from cause to corporation.
Miss X had moved on by then, to greater things in health-service management, but her intervention has had indelible effects. Had it not been for her intervention this Foungation might not have found the financial strength to be born. Even if it had, it might not have survived the resulting weedy infancy to live on into the harsher world that followed.
Forward a year from Miss X’s intervention. On 1 April 1986 along came Standing up for Joe and a public and political demand to establish Conductive Education to the United Kingdom, the like of which it is impossible to imagine today. We had other pledges of funds once we could start, enough to take the risk of launching what would be a hideously expensive collaboration with the Institute in Budapest, but along with potential commitment came sectional interests, and there was still no coheren body to receive and spend these funds.
Miss X was the Secretary of an established philanthropy that wanted to contribute. But what to? Along with Janet Read, the Honorary Secretary of RACE, she took an active part in the rapid planning that occurred over that summer, and her charity undertook the considerable legal costs involved in forming the Foundation.
Then the catalyst. Her boss, the Chairman of her Charity invited the interested parties to a meeting at his HQ, chaired by the prestigious Jack (now Lord) Ashley who greeted them with the news that BBC‘s Newsnight would be waiting outside to film them as they left. Newsnight, he informed them, was making a critical report of whether or not the ambitious collaboration with Hungary would actually commence
Miss X’s charity also came aboard the nascent Foundation, but did not stay. For some reason that we never knew her boss soon took vigorous exception to what we were doing and withdrew from further involvement. Indeed, he forbad our ever contacting his charity again. A few years later an enthusiastic fund-raiser for the Foundation accidentally did so, and received an extraordinary rocket for her pains.
We never heard from Miss Y again. I remember her name but I do not know what happened to her at the time or since as a result of her catalytic brush with what became the Foundation. Tracing her and inviting her to receive this award might open wounds best left undisturbed. Had it not been for her intervention, however, it seems highly unlikely that we could have started as we did…
Start we did, training British conductors in Budapest and establishing conductive practice in the UK. We would soon need our own premises, our own national institute to serve as base for the development and advancement of Conductive Education that we were mandated to achieved, and for the in-house services for children and adults, the indigenous conductor-training, and the other activities and facilities, that we intended to establishas means towards this end.
Miss Z had been a post-graduate student of mine some years previously (Vygotskii, not CE). She heard that we were struggling to create a capital fund, and she told her boyfriend, who told his boss .His boss had just had a major financial windfall that had permitted him and his wife to established their own charitable trust. The Foundation was offered one million ponds to fund the first phase of its then ambitious plans for a National Institute.
There was just one condition: that the source of this grant should remain for ever anonymous.
Revealing Miss Z’s identity could put this at risk so, though without her intervention, it seems likely that the recession of the early nineties would have put an end to any hope for a National Institute. Simply, all other considerations aside, we should not be sitting here today.
And the moral to these stories…
If you think that there is one, draw your own.
For me, I feel comforted in my long-held belief that ‘a cause’ sells itself, and indeed it is infectious Not only did Miss X, Miss Y and Miss Z rally to the cause, their enthusiasm infected others, who went on to infect other still, sufficient to act significantly on our behalf.
Publicly but anonymously acknowledging these three ladies' contributions reminds me that really big changes in events are often the product of interventions that go unsung, and perhaps we rarely know the real story behind what happened.
I had five minutes to speak, so I delivered only the gist of this. Above is the complete text of what I was prepared to say.
Sutton, A. (2008a), Standing up for Joe: Ann Paul's pivotal contribution to Conductive Education, Conductive World, 20 June
Sutton, A. (2008b), Annie’s reply, Conductive World, 1 July
In a second blog-posting Norman Perrin has been wondering further about public honours for Conductive Education.
A friend of CE asked me today whether anyone else in the world of CE, other than Helen Somerset How, had ever received an Honour of any sort…
The award to Helen was perhaps the first to include conductive education in the citation. My colleague, Karen Hague, the co-founder of Paces, and a parent, like myself and Helen, whose daughter is now 27, received an MBE in 2004, I think, but the citation did not specifically mention CE.
The question set me wondering about honours or awards or indeed any form of public recognition, to people working in CE settings (or indeed to CE centres). Perhaps Gill might help us compile a list.
At one time the Conductive Chronicle, part of the then Conductive Education Online, attempted to record some part of what was happening in the world of Conductive Education. This included news of individuals or organisations honoured by their local communities, or by their countries, for advancing the cause of Conductive Education.
That record was unlikely to have been complete as recipients rarely took effort to notify their peers of their good fortune A pity, as others might have used the information to help argue their own cause.
Karen Hague, appointed MBEhttp://web.archive.org/web/20040621215403/www.conductive-education.org.uk/news/170604_QUB.htm
Susan Dean, one of Cleveland Magazine's 'Most Interesting People of 2004'http://web.archive.org/web/20050517082221/www.nice.ac.uk/news/101203ACE.html
4 October 2003
Transamerica Life Canada, appointed Member of the Jonas Salk Circlehttp://web.archive.org/web/20050408150555/www.conductive-education.org/news/041003_MOD.html
Sue Cornell, elected Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essexhttp://web.archive.org/web/20050313142725/www.conductive-education.org.uk/html/news/190903CEpioneer.html
Patti Herbst, a Chicagoan of the Yearhttp://web.archive.org/web/20020425124651/www.conductive-education.org.uk/html/news/patti.html
Kinga Cségenyi, awarded special plaque from Women's Federation for World Peace (Unification Church)http://web.archive.org/web/20050416232108/www.conductive-education.org.uk/html/news/czegeni.html
Emma McDowell, appointed Member of Civic Forum of Northern Ireland Assemblyhttp://web.archive.org/web/20050416232234/www.conductive-education.org.uk/html/news/emmamcdowell.html
Ann Murray, appointed ONZMhttp://web.archive.org/web/20050416231229/www.conductive-education.org.uk/html/news/13102000.htm
Grande Bretagne, quatre points
In answer to Norman’s specific question, as far a ‘British’ honours go, Anne Murray’s ONZM is equivalent to the MBEs awarded Helen Somerset How and Karen Hague, so the score so far in that department, counting Mária Hári’s Honorary OBE, presently stands at four.
The question is not, however, a simple one, particularly in respect to what precisely can be regarded as an ‘honour’. The list above was posted informally on Conductive Chronicle, as and when news was spotted, with no particular criteria in mind.
Maybe now one might have done it differently, but that was then.
Mária Hári was awarded the State Prize, back in the seventies, for developing professional training for conductors. That was under Socialism. I believe that she received other official awards later but I have no specific information on this immediately to hand.
András Peto does not appear to have attracted gongs (or stars, as least, as far as anybody knows).
Maybe lesser Hungarian CE luminaries have also been honoured in Hungary, but if they have I do not know.
I have no information of awards for working in CE in countries other than New Zealand, Hungary, the United Kingdom and the United States.
Some practical archival problems
Norman asks whether Gill might oblige. I leave her to answer this for herself.
1. One can archive only the information that one has. Maybe all sorts of public recognition is being made but archivists cannot record this unless they hear of it.
2. That presumes an archive in the first place. There is no continuous archive anywhere of the internationalisation of Conductive Education.
3. Its seems highly unlikely that there are many concious plans to maintain, preserve or bequeath the large numbers of personal and institutional records that presently exist across the world. Large amounts will have already been intentionally destroyed or just ‘lost’, and plenty more will presumably follow it into oblivion.
All this, of course, concerns records of many other matters far, far more important than mere ‘honours’
Be that as it may, Conductive Chronicle closed in 2005. There have been a number of awards since then. I have no time to seek them out.
Perrin, N. (2009) Honours and CE? Paces, 18 June
Friday, 19 June 2009
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Mourn Rita Szarvas and András Buslig Szarvas
György Szarvas, Rita's former husband and father of András, has asked for the above letter to be circulated to everyone who knew them.
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
The fate of Conductive Education is such a minor matter...
A few straws blowing in this morning's economic wind, in probably decreasing order of importance...
- In Ekaterinburg in Russia, close to where Europe meets Asia, a meeting is being held, the first summit of leaders of the BRIC countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China), the likely dominant world economic powers of the mid-twentieth-first century. China has announced a mega credit deal for countries in Central Asia. Russia wants the other three to join it in replacing the US dollar as the international reserve currency. Political clout may follow economic clout... watch the story unfold over your lifetime.
- In the world of mere business, the boss of British Airways has asked all 40,000 of its staff to consider working up to a month without pay, as part of its ' fight for survival'. It is also looking to make ten-percent redundancies. The unions are sympathetic to saving the company but of course opposed to permanent job cuts.
- In the United Kingdom, 350,000 public-sector jobs are now forecast to be lost over the next five years, sparking major strikes affecting public services. As a start, 30,000 local-authority jobs will be cut next year alone. Hardest hit part of the country socially may be Northern Ireland, where nearly one-third of the workforce is employed by the public sector.
- In England the boss of the Charity Commission has issued a checklist of 15 urgent questions for all charity trustees to ask themselves. He advises that charities' very survival now will depend upon coming up with the right answers to these questions, and acting upon them.
That's some of just today's economic news, up till lunchtime today. Only the bigger stuff of course. What to make of it? Not much perhaps. It is like reading (i.e. interpreting) an EEG: surface noises representing common pattens emerge out of multitudinous activity beneath, but only from one kind of the activities going on down there. There are things that this 'news' will never pick up, because they are presently too tiny or so unfamiliar, yet with the historians' wisdom of hindsight these may prove the important, world-shaping events of mid-June 2009.
Even so, the EEG is a useful clinical instrument, and the 'news' may be the best way that most of us have to understand what is going on to shape our lives.
Most of what happens in and to Conductive Education depends upon either the individual choices and actions of very small numbers of individuals, or the destinies of tiny organisations too insignificant to feature on any economic indices. But all these choices and actions will be unavoidably affestcd by shifts in global financial power, the fate of international conglomerates, soaring unemployment, shrinkage of public services and, in many cases, the very survivability of non-profits/charities.
Individuals and organisations will make their own decisions, wise or unwise, informed or otherwise, according to their own lights, bending the best they can to ride out the economic wind. Summer is upon the Northern Hemisphere where most CE is situated, the academic year is closing and the new school year will soon follow. Parents have to decide what they will be able to afford in the new year, and so do programs, funders and public agencies. Conductors have to think of their employability and their own financial security. Everyone will be wanting to squeeze the maximum value out of what money might be available.
And very likely, as has been suggested before in Conductive World, amounst the multitude of service-users (not just parents) and service-providers (not just conductors), situated somewhere or other that is not necessarily the 'usual places'), pioneers are beginning to forge new practice-models and new business-models potentially widely generalisable for the economic order that will follow.
Meanwhile the priority to the forefront of most people's minds is simply finding ways of bringing their CE through the immediate future.
The 15 questions
These have been composed for the trustees of charities in England. They are, however, of a fundamental nature that transcends local institutional forms, and might prove useful for consideration by the boards of non-profits/charities running Conductive Education anywhere in the world (indeed for any sort of business, corporate of non-corporate, providing CE services).
Monday, 15 June 2009
- in Northern Ireland, the last attempt to start something new seems to have come to nothing and the long-running saga of the Buddy Bear School is... well, long-running;
- in the Republic, the only survivor of parents' struggles to establish centres is the amazing, Cork Peto Centre for Conductive Education, going since 1987, all others having succumbed to opposition.
Now a new force has entered the fray, the Special Needs Active Parents (SNAP) of Ireland, arising out of Dundalk in the Republic, a parents' body with concerns wider than Conductive Education, set up in 2004 and already with branches in counties Louth, Monaghan and Cavan.
SNAP held an open information evening on Conductive Education in Drogheda in May. Tonight it holds another such evening, in Dundalk.
It has been a long and hard road to Conductive Education in Ireland. Good luck and best wishes to SNAP.
Special Needs Active Parents
--- (2009) SNAP group host information night, Dundalk Advertiser, 10 June
Cork Peto Centre for Conductive Education
And only last week in Northern Ireland...
Sutton, A. (2009) State responses to CE in the UK, Conductive World, 13 June
Saturday, 13 June 2009
On the South Coast, honour
The more cynical, however, might identify one dimension on which, albeit at different ends, the two circumstances can clearly be placed, the flow of funds:
- the Buddy Bear School wants state funding (go away!)
- the Rainbow Centre will let the state off the financial hook (all hail!)
--- (2009) School demands Government investment, Education News, 12 June http://www.atl.org.uk/education-news/School-demands-Government-investment/%7B2975CE0E-8237-4446-BADC-775AB6BACD45%7D