When we cannot resolve internal differences?
- Cerebral palsy... usually occurs before, during or after birth and is caused by a lack of oxygen.
- We help children to make them as physically independent as possible.
- It’s based on the premise that a child’s brain can be retrained.
- Conductors who lead the program serve as a combination [of] physical therapist, occupational therapist and teacher.
How many of these statements, all from a single soure (a public presentation, sympathetcally reported in a local newspaper) would you stand by?
- All four? Three? Two? One? None?
- None? One? Two? Three? All four?
Which do you regard as the most harmful consequence of mis-stating Conductive Education, however sincerely held and well-meaning what is being said?
- Actively misleading parents, funders, sympathisers
- Making the whole CE endeavour appear implausible, ridiculous
What should one do about it?
What is your favoured response?
- Keep one's head buried firmly in the sand?
- Write personally to all those who offend, and carefully and patiently explain the errors of their ways?
- Comment publicly, without naming names?
- Name and shame?
- Most people in CE go for option (1). Perhaps they do not wish offend anyone (especially sincere person trying hard to act for the best). Perhaps they are exercising that most dubious of ethical principles, 'acting professionally'. Perhaps they are unsure of themselves, or are just plain wormy. All seemingly strong reasons Same result: nothing done. And nothing changes.
- Some people may bite the bullet of option (2), and write personally... but, all other factors aside (and there are quite a few!), consider the sheer arithmetic of this hypothetical approach.
- Conductive World has tended towards option (3). If one wants a generalised effect, then this is more cost-effective than option (2) and, also like option (2), perhaps it avoids wounding personal feelings too much. . But as with option (2), why should anybody take the blindest notice?
- Well, that brings us to option (4). In the most postitive and friendly way, for the greatest possible good of Conductive Education as a whole, is it not time to start exercising that most important pedagogic principle, tough love, and start imposing a bit of discipline around here?
I will if you will.
And perhaps I will anyway, even if you won't.