Thursday, 6 September 2012

ANDRÁS PETŐ AND THE NEURONS

His myth goes marching on

HVG is a serious Hungarian political/economic weekly magazine. Not for the first time over the last twenty-five years it has just reported on Conductive Education, with emphasis upon the economic links that this has brought, particularly with the UK. Its recent item concludes with a brief explanatory note, that includes the following thought –
Pető András orvos-pedagógus (1893-1967), a konduktív pedagógia megteremtője volt az első, aki úgy gondolta, hogy az idegrendszer, károsodásai ellenére, képes új, idegsejtek közötti kapcsolatokat kiépíteni.
[András Pető, doctor and teacher (1893-1967), creator of conductive pedagogy, was the first to think that the nervous system has the ability to build new connections between neurons despite impairment...]
Really? How do HVG and/or its sources actually know that this is what he thought? Or is this just an example of continuing development of his hagiography?

HGV's main story here, by the way, has also been reported in the local UK press – with the motor bikes but without the neurons.

References

(2012) Budapest trek for charity biker from Cinnamon Brow, This is Cheshire, 28 August

(2012) Egy nap alatt motorozott Budapestre egy brit férfi a Pető-módszer miatt, HVG, 3 September

http://hvg.hu/panorama/20120903_Egy_nap_alatt_motorozott_Budapestre_egy_b#rss

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