Wednesday, 12 December 2007

Crispin Crispian

A first brief bulletin on the Israeli conference

And gentlemen in England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here
Henry V, as retold by W. Shakespeare

And not just gentlemen but ladies too, not just in England but throughout the United Kingdom, and everywhere in the wide world where people are struggling toward establishing Conductive Education. OK, it's not late October at the muddy eve of Agincourt but a couple of days in early December in a very comfortable hotel in Tel Aviv. But such major differences notwithstanding, this little scrap of immortal verse has swum icreasingly through my head over the days of this conference.

I regret that I was unsuccessful in attracting more people to this conference from outside the immediate ambit of Tsad Kadima. In the event the ‘British’ contingent comprised but four. Myself, Elliot Clifton (from Middle England), Tunde Rozsahegyi (an adopted Brit) and Lisa Gombinsky, an honorary Brit). But, to return to the field of Agincourt…

The fewer men, the greater share of honour.

(nowadays, of course, for ‘men’ read persons’ but it does rather ruin the scan!).

And why do I feel so positiive about Tsad Kadima’s twentieth-anniversary conference?

Well, I’ve wracked my brains but can think of no conference anywhere in any area (and I’ve been to a few) where the food was so remarkably good.

But that’s not it.

It has taken no corresponding mental effort, however, to declare that I’ve been to no conference based around Conductive Education (including the ones that I have organised myself) that has left my mind so bubbling.

And why’s that?

Not because of the formal content of presentations, though some really were rather good, but for what was scattered in all sorts of different ways in formal presentations, in their discussion and in the vital informal meetings, encounters, discussions that also filled these days. They point to change, real change.

For some time now I have been looking, sometimes anxiously, for hard concrete evidence that the weary ‘international period’ in the continuing story of Conductive Educationmay indeed soon be replaced by a period of genuine globalisation. This conference may or may or not have been a catalyst in itself (that’s one for future historians) but it certainly showed up very clearly that for much of the conductive world the latter years of the international period have comprised a mini-ice age. Yet here on a warm Israeli winter’s day (22C) one could feel the ice beginning to break, the tectonic plates to shift.

I shall post more of what has led me to this view. Watch this blog over the next week or so. And do please comment on what you read here.

Meanwhile thanks to Tsad Kadima for laying on a wonderful CE jamboree… and for giving us all good notice that the next one will be in five years’ time, on the occasion of its twenty-fifth anniversary.

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