Friday, 22 February 2013


CE can fix them

In this morning's Daily Telegraph, Ed Cummings reports –
The issue of high-rise versus low-rise living is also to do with the British perception of housing. While New Yorkers are used to lateral apartment life, we still prefer houses.
'We’re hard-wired into having a front and back lawn,' explains James Sellar, chief executive of Sellar Property Group.
Mr Sellar is hoping to sell some expensive new flats that his company is building in London, including some in The Shard that are very, very expensive indeed. That is of no personal matter to me. What seized my attention by the throat is that he felt it sensible and necessary to express himself in the manner that he reportedly did.

I know nothing about Mr Sellar. I am sure, on the evidence of his present job, that he is clever and hard-working, likely more so in both respects than myself. So why does he speak is such a foolish, stupid, ignorant way? Does he really think that is adds to his argument? Does he really believe what he says? Has he really no recognition of history and of culture? Has he no realistic grasp of human mental development? If he has children, does such a daft idea as he expresses here enter into how brings them up and thinks about their education?

Is he a fool? Or a hypocrite? Or what?

Actually, I suspect that he is neither, just an ordinary enough citizen of a developed, English-speaking nation, in the early part of the twenty-first century, repeating the sort of ill-considered commonplace that goes generally unremarked in polite society in our not terribly well educated country – except of course by Anoraks, who by definition perhaps may have relatively little contact with polite society.

I am an a Anorak... all sorts of ways, one of which is hypersensitivity to anything that, however innocently intended, appears to biologise the human spirit.

Somewhere around the end of the nineteen-seventies I hit upon Conductive Education. It  looked like another concrete exemplar of one of those fairly rare methods of providing and of thinking that act in a contrary direction, towards practices and understandings rooted in the historical, the cultural, the developmental aspects of the human condition – not the best example, perhaps, but at the time an apparently helpful one.

Fix those wires

Ah, that 'wiring', hard wiring, damaged wiring, the linear, unmediated basis for human learning and development, 'connecting mind and muscle', awaiting the repair man or more commonly the repair lady to 'rewire the brain' when it goes wrong, with ample spare, with the unused and undamaged wiring ready to hand.

Mr Sedan has access to funds the like of which I cannot even imagine. Maybe he'd like to think of getting hold of a conductor or two to help him rewire the brains of English people who would rather have a nice garden than live in a flat (apartment). Come to that, in accordance with the now widely held view that Anoraks are 'on the spectrum', perhaps I ought to look out for a bit of a rewiring job myself for myself to repair this particular personal philosophical anomaly of mine.

Time to reach for the 'SarkMark'? No, of course not, it is surely unneeded here. Nobody in Conductive Education is so daft and uneducated as to think in terms of wiring in the brain.

Thank you Mr Sellar for a timely reminder of where the power of Conductive Education lies (not yet 'lay').


– (n.d.) What do the British mean when they call somebody an 'anorak'? Guardian

(n.d.)  SarcMark: tell them how you really feel

Cumming, E. (2023) Building boom: the London developments revamping the skyline, Daily Telegraph, 23 February

Sutton. A. (2010) Are you being serious: The identification of sarcasm and irony, Conductive World, 26 January

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