Saturday, 27 March 2010

Up a gum tree

Not an Australian one

For  something a little different, hop across to Norman Perrin's blog.

Norman is a father and a CE service-provider in Sheffield, England. His blog embeds consideration of Conductive Education in some of the serious social, moral and political issues that impinge upon both these bedrock areas of social practice.

You do not get to see much of that in the public domain. Pity.

Tree boy

On the blog-boil over at Norman's at the moment is the peculiar tale (sign of the times, urban legend?) currently going the rounds in the UK press – and to some degree in the world press too – the story of the boy rescued from up a tree by passer-by Kim Barrett (or not, as the case might be) in the playground of Manor School in Melksham in Wiltshire:

I have no idea what has been happening in Melksham, a faraway country town populated by people of whom I know very little. All I can see is that a few of these people seem up a serious public gumtree over the sort of childhood scrape that I used to enjoy reading about when I took the Beano*.

Nothing to do with us in Conductive Education?

Don't you believe it
More important that the specifics, what does this fuss say about the sort of societies that we live in (not just the UK) and into which we are trying to introduce Conductive Education?

Particularly, what does this funny business say to somebody in Norman's position(s):
  • to a parent of a disabled young adult
  • to somebody responsible for a school and other services for disabled children
  • to anyone who is a critical advocate of the potential benefits to society of the fundamental messages of Conductive Education?
That covers a lot of the readership of the CE-blogosphere – and a lot of those in Conductive Education who are not, but ought to be

* The Beano: archetypal British chidren's comic

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