Friday, 2 April 2010

Survive and thrive

Just being good may not be enough

Billie Wright-Ericson writes a very good parenting blog, so I was pleased to have her as a 'friend' on Facebook earlier this week.

Her own Information page on Facebook includes a nice quotation from Charles Darwin –

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. (Charles Darwin)

I can see why this speaks to parents of disabled children. Its applicability to different ways of thinking and doing (Conductive Education for example) is also very evident.

Floreat Conductive Education

Sometimes people in Conductive Education seem to relax into the comfortable position that, as this approach is by far the best way yet to think about and respond to movement disorders, then it is enough for Conductive Education to flourish that we should lie back and wait for it all to happen.

It won't. Existing special-educational and habilitational approaches are where they are today for a host of social-historical reasons: chance, inertia, various group advantages, sheer bloody politicking – and luck. Whether they are any good or not, or even outrightly harmful, has not been the governing part of the equation!

Historical processes are likely to speed up now, certainly in the United Kingdom, as the economic crisis really starts to bite and public services begin to compete amongst themselves for survival – very Darwinian! The processes whereby some survive – and whereby some do not – will be most instructive to observe.)

Not by virtue alone

Last month an intriguing comment appeared on László Szögecski's blog, at the foot his posting entitled 'Why people hurt others? '. It stated simply –


As far as I can tell (or guess), I think that maybe this is Buddhist and says something as follows –

It is not possible to fight for something better on the basis of the value of its good use.

I do not know where this aphorism comes from, from ancient wisdom or a Kung Fu film (maybe someone will oblige with a better translation and a scource)).

Whoever the author, and whatever the context in which it was framed, however, it keys in well with Charles Darwin's words when one considers how to think of the future of Conductive Education.


(2010) Comment to posting 'Why people hurt others?' László Szögeczki's CE blog,

Wright-Ericson, B. (20004-date) Micro preemie twins:the story of Holland and Eden

Wright-Ericson, B. on Facebook

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