Monday, 12 April 2010

Am I naïve?

There must be an achievable way...

Norman Perrin has been taking a break. Welcome back to the CE-blogosphere. You have been missed.

Norman has posted a link today to an article in this yesterday's Independent on Sunday newspaper, written by journalist-parent Bill Tucky. This is a long and wide-ranging article, focussing on the problems of achieving a proper and effective education for children with developmental disorders in just one particular country (the United Kingdom) and pegged upon just one anomaly of development (so-called 'autism').

It has, however, a certain universality that, I suspect, transcends any given country or any specified developmental disorder. It is well worth the reading.

Inherent in this is the obvious an oft-stated problem that better services that parents demand would cost. Lots.

These is a deep and unstated assumption in this, one that had long made me very uneasy. It refers to the implicit and unquestioned model of how we should provide services now, indeed, that we 'provide' in the present sense at all. This is so fundamental, so much part of the unseen furniture of how we and our societies think and act, that I find it hard to reach towards what I think about it, never mind articulate it..

This is what I tore off in quick welcome-back mode in the form of an immediate Comment to Norman's posting  –

Thank you, Norman, what a very comprehensive article, except...
Maybe I am naive and simplistic but I feel that there is a fundamental flaw revealed here. To state it as a polarity: all the money in the world will patently not change things a jot, and the most fundamental change of all would not cost a penny. Call it a matter of paradigms or ideologies ('attitudes' and 'understandings' ring far too weak). You know what I mean, so do a lot of other people who stand on the other side of this dividing line but they are in a small minority. They are mainly outside 'the system'. Within the existing system, the paid help are hardly likely to embrace something based upon the presumption that it is primarily THEY who must change, and/or very likely their continuing employment too. Not money therefore is the barrier. But self-interest and power

Most readers of Conductive World, I guess, 'stand on the other side of this dividing line'. By whatever course, they have made the qualitative leap across, into the new paradigm.

Thoughts, anybody?


Perrin, N. (2010) Just another parent; just another child, Paces, 11 April

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