Now is the time to say goodbye?

For personal reasons, and a mind on other things, it is over a year since I posted on this blog and this posting will probably be my last.

Blogs are personal things and not necessarily there for others. I started the blog over ten years ago, when I was still working in the National Library of Conductive Education and keen to keep the world of CE informed about events, publications, and news in the field. Since my departure in 2009 I have tried to maintain this, despite limited personal resources and time. Keeping the Virtual Catalogue and the World Map up to date has been a real challenge!

The Internet does not seem to have helped CE, just allowed the spread of wrong facts to increase along with the acceptance of such information. If its on the Internet it must be true! There is very little criticism or investigation into these facts and such online sources of information seem to be used more and more as references in written works.

Now I think is the time to stop, for the following reasons:

 Only one or two people have noticed my recent sporadic postings and over the years, very few people have responded to them anyway. 

Many of those I have tried to help have not always expressed thanks, or let me know how they have got on, leaving me feeling unsure that carrying on is worthwhile or useful. 

The Conductive Education field has not changed, there are still very few articles or new books of consequence. Very, very  few people seem to want to share or develop the literature. Online sources of information seem to be used more and more as references in written works.

Conductive Education seems to have lost its mojo. It seems that those working in it have accepted this, allowing its dilution to occur without challenge.

All this makes me feel that my knowledge and work is now redundant, as well as myself, but I still have hope that things may change in the future, and Conductive Education will become better recorded and a real academic subject. 

I end on a more cheery note by asking you to listen to Peter Cook and Dudley Moore singing ‘Goodbye!’

4 comments on “Now is the time to say goodbye?

  1. Laszlo Szogeczki March 4, 2019 1:43 pm

    Dear Gill,
    I was one of your silent readers. Thank you very much for your many years effort towards CE trhrough your blog as well. I admired you!!! 😍 I was much less patient than you and finished it up with my blog very soon after I started. My postgraduate studies hold me up but meantime I realised there was nothing really matter…so I did not continue after fished studying. Best wishes,

  2. Gillian Maguire March 6, 2019 5:52 pm

    Thank you, Laszlo, for these comments that are much appreciated. I think the time for blogs has finished now, and I am not one for Instagram or other social media. I am still involved in Conductive Education Press, and will also be happy to help with any requests for information, so will still be around!

  3. Josephine Dolan-Dufourd December 28, 2020 4:48 pm

    Thank you for all the work you have put into this site. I am an occupational therapist and am new to conductive education. Your resources are incredible, thank you for all the time you have put into the space and thank you for leaving it live for people like myself. I hope you are well and enjoying new ventures. Best wishes, Joséphine

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