‘We have never had more access to information, yet we are arguably more ignorant than ever before…’
I have been involved in the published communication and record of Conductive Education now for some twenty years, ever more concerned about the state of ‘the literature’, especially in recent years. I think that I have come across one reason that might help understand what has been happening in this recent time.
My nephew, Iain Akerman, is an experienced highly thought-of journalist and I have always found his work interesting and well researched. This latest article posted on his blog, originally published in Campaign, November 2015, is no exception.
Whilst reading this it occurred to me that all he had to say could be applied to the world of Conductive Education. Most public communication between those working and involved in CE, takes place via social media, with brief comments and announcements, and the world press has little or no interest at all in discussing or reporting the facts about it. Most press coverage tends to be in local newspapers announcing fundraising events and reporting amounts raised for a particular local centre.
As there seems to be a general trend worldwide to accept the news as given by those with control over the media, as Iain suggests, perhaps CE will continue to be out there in the wilderness. Of no interest.
Yesterday I received a Google Alert for Conductive Education which appears to be a video produced by the Foundation for Conductive Education.
Over the years a number of such promotional films were made and if I remember those correctly this particular upload seems to be a bit of a cut and paste job from more than one. There is no mention of any production date that I can find.
This film was uploaded by ‘Pearley Franc’ and on going to the home page of the website I can find no information about this person just links to other films that have been uploaded. None of these appear to have any link with Conductive Education and I can find no Pearley Franc on Facebook .
The website dailymotion.com appears to be a facility that you can join up to and use to upload videos of your choice and is based in Paris.
Perhaps the Foundation knows about this and has given permission to use its films but there is no mention or acknowledgment to say so.
Copyright is something which seems to get ignored on the Internet as many people appear to think that anything published on the Web is up for grabs and are happy to cut and paste to their hearts content from websites, documents and films. Perhaps those who hold copyright to their material should try and monitor it a bit more and at the very least require acknowledgment of their work.
Since April 2009 I have been posting lists of Conductive Education news items on this blog. Gradually these have developed into lists of fundraising activities for services all over the world, rather than interesting feature articles, developments etc.
Why this has happened, I don’t know.
Perhaps newspapers and magazines have turned to other things, the latest education theories, therapies for instance, and lost interest in CE. Perhaps those in CE aren’t so active in publicising their work or submitting articles to magazines.
I do not know how much interest there has been in the brief items I have been listing, as I have not had feedback for them.
Therefore, rather reluctantly, I have decided to cease producing such lists and just blog separately any newsworthy story as it is published. If anyone has a good interesting story or article published please do let me know (in case I am unaware of it), and then I will be happy to blog it.