Tuesday, 12 January 2016


To think

Norman Perrin comments on yesterday's posting on Schrëtt fir Schrëtt's twentieth anniversary –
I wonder how many more 20th anniversaries there are coming up?

The 1990s were a time when parents' serious interest in CE surged outwards from the first heady enthusiasm that had followed Standing up for Joe, as the flurry of meetings, newsletters and other means of communication around the world began to make certain things clear:
  • an institution in Hungary could help or it could hinder, but it could offer the world no general solution
  • training conductors back home was a very long-term solution
  • it was progressively demonstrated that conductors could provide something in small units in far-away places
  • the Iron Curtain was down and many conductors were footloose
  • small parent-led centres were just about affordable and even sustainable, at local rather than national levels
Quite a few services got up and running in that decade, in the UK, Australasia, in some parts of Europe and in North America. Some proved unsustainable and have vanished without trace.

Anniversaries remind us how much has happened, good and bad, in just twenty of so years. It is a shame, though, that so much hard-won experience has gone largely unrecorded, as others could have learned from it.

There must be several twentieth anniversaries presently in the offering but the big CE anniversary coming up in 2016 is not a twentieth. It is the thirtieth anniversary of the start of the whole process of internationalising CE through the only mechanism that has so far been generally successful in the West – personally driven, grass-roots, popular movements.

That anniversary should also provoke some reflection.



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