Wednesday, 15 November 2017


In Székesfehérvár...

Ádám Makk among educators in Székesfehérvár

In the old Hungarian city of of Székesfehérvár a meeting for educators from local schools and other educational settings providing for of a wide age and ability range, on the subject of 'Conductive Pedagogy for Inclusive Education', marking the 50th anniversary of András Pető's death

The aim of the conference was to outline the situation, indicate professional opinions, present pathways, and design options for cooperation...

The principle of conductive pedagogy is that a someone born with brain injury can be developed and taught too. He never considered the condition definitive, and he achieved improvement in movement through learning. This makes the daily lives of children who are limited in their movement easier, and those of their parents, teaches and integrates their carers into society, and helps find a place in the employment market. Conductive upbringing is the intellectual legacy of András Pető (1893-1967), a physician-teacher who has set the goal for disabled children to learn to live, to care for themselves, to study, work and provide for others.

So far so good, a nice overview presented in a framework that seems, one good model for the much-needed dissemination of Conductive Education amongst educators for consideration elsewhere in the world.

(I wonder what of the considerable experience of conductive educators working in most diverse, inclusive settings outside Hungary is aired in such Hungarian contexts.)

And if you do try this at home...

The report quoted above perpetuates a misleading assertion that Hungarians should most seriously examine and which repeated publicly outside Hungary could well raise incredulous or even derisive laughter, most especially perhaps amongst educators: that Conductive Education is 'world famous'

András Pető... founded the world-famous Pető Institute...

A word to the wise – lose this.

And  do also check on the meaning of the Latin verb conducere. Its real meaning is far more indicative and interesting in this context than 'to lead' (Latin: ducere).

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