Monday, 23 April 2012


Disappearing with a trace?

Hush, hush...

A little over a week ago Conductive World quoted a brief published report that suggested radical changes had taken place at CESK:

So far this short posting has so far attracted 141 visits from around the world (and rising), but none of its visitors has yet posted a Comment.

That earlier posting was also routinely notified on Conductive World's Facebook page, attracting no Comment there either (though there has been one solitary, gnomic 'Like it'!):

'What is going on?' – it was gently enquired in both of these items. So many conductors have worked at CESK in over its nearly nine years (treble figures?). In other contexts one might have expected someone to have something to say... Not in CE. Nothing. Radio silence.

Any further information?

There is standing mention of CESK on sites advertising international teaching positions, but no specific jobs appear to be currently on offer.

ISBI, the international information resource on independent schools, now lists CESK as follows –
Details of Conductive Education School – Kuwait 
This school is a special school that provides for this particular need:
EpilepsyDelicate/Medical ConditionsAspergers SyndromeLanguage and Communication DisordersSevere Learning Difficulties (SLD)Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)Social Emotional and Behavioural DifficultiesDyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)Physical DisabilitiesAutistic Spectrum of Difficulties
This school offers therapeutic input for EBD pupils.
A paradigm of reality

Conductor Judit Szathmáry was involved in the first, heady setting-up stage of CESK, in 2003, and later used the phrase 'a paradigm of reality' in the title of a chapter that she wrote describing that work, published in the book Internationalising Conductive Education (2010, pp. 77-84):

The term 'Conductive Education' appears to have been retained in Kuwait, but staffing policy, as recently reported (see last week's item on Conductive World), appears now qualitatively different. So too is the reported client base, to a degree to surprise even diversifiers within Conductive Education.

I was always rather puzzled by that phrase of Judit's. I wonder now whether it might be interpreted as a prescient vision of the shape of many things to come...

I am reminded by all this of how Mária Hári used to like quoting Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. I can see why. She must have felt at home there. If she were still with us I should try and extract a little wry amusement from all this by likening Conductive Education to the Cheshire Cat (Chapter VI)...
...and this time [the Cat] vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone.
'Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin,' thought Alice; 'but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in all my life!'

1 comment:

  1. Sorry about spacing. Blogger playing up again. As it does.

    Sorry too that none of the host that visited felt able to add any information for the common benefit. As they don't.

    Systemic problems in their respective systems.