Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Why is the conductive community so mute???

An open letter to you all

Rony Schenker writes –

Dear  colleagues and friends,

As I do not run my own blog, I've asked Andrew's permission to express and share my deep concern in public, using this stage. Obviously, he has agreed.

How many of us read this blog, and the others that have to do with Conductive Education? I do not know! I hope, however, that there are more readers than the 'usual suspects' (Andrew's term) who comment from time to time. These are so very, very few. These active participants however, reflect only their own interpretations and insight, and do not represent the rich and varied professional world and experience of Conductive Education. I believe ( and I know many), that among conductors and others involved in the conductive community, there are intelligent, assertive, and knowledgeable people whose vision and opinion I respect and cherish. They are Israelis, Hungarians, British, Germans, Swedes, Norwegians, Australians Chinese, and others. I meet them in conferences, I read their papers, we correspond, I work closely with them, and I learn. Non-stop learning. I do not always agree with what they say or do, neither they with what I do or think. Yet, we talk to each other, we argue, each of us may defend our own thesis, but we do communicate. We change ideas, we react to each other, we influence and we are influenced, and we constantly gain new understandings. We change. We develop!

So why am I concerned? Running a blog is a responsibility and a time-consumer. Ask the bloggers themselves. But writing a comment on a blog demands nothing but a few minutes' concentration, putting down in writing what you felt from reading the blog, a stream of thought, or just a remark. You need not think too deeply or chose your words selectively. This is the privilege of communication through blogs. It may be a spontaneous reaction, the shorter-the better. Even the language should not be a real barrier, as you can be helped by the Babylon or the Google translator.

I am concerned because the conductive community, is actually so small that, if we do not 'use' each other, we will either vanish or sink in our own, limited puddles.

It is much less effort to write a comment than to prepare a presentation for a conference, or even write an abstract. It is cheaper, but it is still valuable!!! You may be heard publicly and receive feedback, and tell the world what you do, or what you think, and learn from other people's experiences. Isn't this quite an attractive deal? (No Duty Free on the way, I know, but still…).

Ida, Yuval, Naomi, Avi, Anna, Eva, Julia, Lisa, Mel, Eszter, Lena, Ivan, Kriszti, Zsofi … the list is long… so very long… Where are you???  We want to hear you…

I recall an advertisement by the Spastics Society on the London Tube in the mid-80s, showing a child with c.p., with a head pointer and a computer. The subtitle was: 'The fact that I do not speak does not mean I have nothing to say'.

Isn't that true for us too?


  1. Dear Ronny and collegues!

    You are right in every word you say! I could try to say I have no time, my english is not so good so I am worried about what people would say. We all daily deal with problems in our work fighting against authoraties, scepticals... and forget about the resourses we can find in CE community.
    I promiss I will think throw the possibilities to be able to be more active on this level.
    Blogg, Twitter, Facebook and many more social communities and PR possibilities are something new for my generation. But we still have to deal with it and use it!

    Take care!
    Eszter Horváth Tóthné
    Move & Walk

  2. Rony, you are so right... Any exuse won't help! As we invest time and effort in other important things, we must invest time and effort, even a little bit, in development of conductive community in every possible way, including comments and writing. We should start to translate our desire into action...
    Thank you, Rony, for your letter and for your support.
    Thank you, Andrew, for your blog, which every day provides us new material thought.
    Ida Igra, "Tsad Kadima", Israel

  3. A response sent to me from a young and very talented Israeli conductor:

    Dear Rony!

    As I read your letter I had some bothering thoughts..

    I certainly feel our voice should be heard louder and clearer, but I'm not so sure where- in which field- since my identity as a conductor is not so definite.

    I believe we, conductors, can and should adopt conclusions and insights raising up from researches done by physiotherapists and occupational therapists, but at the same time we have to sharpen our identity as educators. I believe this is our exclusiveness- educating children and adolescents having motor challenges while approaching every aspect of their life's. And since we talk about education, we should announce our unique voice as educators, instead of investing energy on competing with rehabilitation professionals. As for me,this year it was very clear that the conductive qualifications and skills helped me advence my children - at least one step forward- but most important to pave their road to independent life as equal participants in the community. An example to this is the fact that along this year we put much efforts in potty training - which we believe is very important for their future independence and participation. I 'm not sure other educators or professionals deal with that aspect although I'm pretty sure non would disagree it's importance..

    That's it for now, although it's not so much,

    Orit Davidovich, "Tsaad Kadima", Israel.