Friday, 16 April 2010

It’s pedagogy, Jim, but not as we know it

To boldly go...

This is not the first time that I have used this 'pedagogy, Jim' headline! I used it eleven years ago, trying to explain Conductive Education to an audience of headteachers in terms that they might understand – to no apparent effect!.

Now Captain James T. Kirk himself steps forward to speak up for Conductive Education (well, a mature William Shatner does), in an online video appeal for funds towards the Conductive Education programs run by March of Dimes (Canada):

http://www.youtube.com/marchofdimescda#p/a/u/1/Yf9EHNRmrZY

Canadian actor William Shatner has acted as spokesperson for March of Dimes for three years now.

Also on line from March of Dimes is a TV report by with Susan Hay from Global TV, from 29 March 2010:

http://www.youtube.com/marchofdimescda#p/a/u/1/Yf9EHNRmrZY

Conductor Mhairi (Vari) Watson does the honours.

Shame about the infinitive...

Putting aside that famous, jarring split infinitive, the opening words of every episode of Star Trek would make quite a nice motto for Conductive Education!

Reference

Sutton, A. (1999). It’s pedagogy, Jim, but not as we know it. Managing Schools Today, October, pp. 14–15.

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