Wednesday, 24 May 2017


You'd better believe it (iron.)

There are contradictions in all things. András Pető was very much in charge of his work and his institution, Mária Hári rather less so. There were great advantages in this for the creation and conservation of Conductive Education. And problems too.

After this, the pluses and minuses of the period of privatisation under the International Pető Foundation are not yet so clear in this respect. Renationalisation as a 'college', in 2014, was meant to cut across a variety of problems, academic as well as financial, managerial and commercial. Now in 2017 August's planned incorporation into a prestigious medical university suggests that this solution has significantly failed to achieve its goals.

Back in 2014 the renationalisation of the then Pető Institute seemed to meet with widespread approval amongst those who were aware of  major problems. In 2014, at its most basic, renationalisation prevented the institution from going bust and closing. Well, it is still there, but there have been further spills and thrills along the way, bringing some damaging attention from politicians and media.

In 2017 surrender of the PAF's 'college' status occurs against a wider national higher-education agenda concerning Hungary's colleges. The planned merger might therefore seem an obvious political solution.

And for the future? Who knows – renationalisation let in the agendas of the Government, now these are joined by the agendas of academic medicine, largely paediatric, and its corresponding medical services. Major decisions may be made well away from the interests and the understandings of those directly involved.

There may be pluses to this, and minuses. Things could go any way, all that we can know for certain at the moment is that nothing is for certain and that whatever happens will not be what anyone involved today specifically intends and hopes for. So it goes.

And Ronald Reagan, where does he come in?

...I've always felt the nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the Government, and I'm here to help'. (Ronald Reagan, 12 August 1986)

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent point of the English language as the most efecient political tool.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017 at 20:46:00 BST  

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