Friday, 12 November 2010

The new wave

Personal, family-based conductor practice

Three days ago, responding to Andria Spindel's Address to ACENA's annual conference, held in Toronto this August, I suggested one possible way (hardly a formula) for breaking out of Conductive Education's current impasse – one with the virtue of already being put into force by individual parents and conductors around the world. I wrote –

Cut the Gordian Knot of established, existing ways of thinking and providing Conductive Education in the West:
  • Look outwards, away from the precariously established CE programs and CE centers
  • Step back, not just from the therapies but also from education, even from pedagogy, ignore for the moment rehabilitation
  • Stop the ears to the Sirens of plasticity
  • Forget Hungary.
Instead, like many conductors, adults, parents and carers are beginning to do, start thinking around the service implications of conductive upbringing and conductive lifestyle in an advanced Western democracy -– about 'family Conductive Education'.

A new website launched today describes another new conductor practice that seems to conform to this pattern. Coincidentally, it comes from Canada, though it could be anywhere.


Posting on Andria Spindel's Address

5 comments:

  1. Andrew, would you mind updating the link so it is the main page of the website rather than the links page please? So just http://www.movingaheadcc.com/ - the links page is almost the most empty page of them all!

    Thanks

    B.

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  2. "...start thinking around the service implications of conductive upbringing and conductive lifestyle in an advanced Western democracy -– about 'family Conductive Education'.
    I believe Tsad Kadima is a pioneer of this approach. Family conductive upbringing is what we do, study and measure.
    I shall be talking about in two occasions DURING THE UPCOMING CONGRESS IN HK, AND AM READY AND WILLING TO SHARE OUR 23 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE OF DEVELOPING FAMILY CENTERED CONDUCTIVE UPBRINGING, COMBINING CURRENT FRAME OF REFERENCE AND CE.
    I hope to meet Andria there as well.
    I am not so sure that the fact that Canada is connected to both events is a coincidence. Canada is one of the prominent leaders of this philosophy and practice

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  3. Rony, yes, Tsad Kadima is indeed a pioneer and prime exexmplar of family-oriented Conductive education.

    And Canada is indeed well ahead in many of the human rights stakes. I do doubt, though, whether the Canadian provinces as a whole would be able to pull off or even permit the institutional arrangements that have allowed building Tsad Kadima's large-scale family-oriented structure over these years.

    At a smaller scale, however, the business model that I alluded to just might be the easier to pull off for being in such a liberal, rights-oriented society.

    I suspect, though, that the example that I gave is Canadian by no more than coincidence, the conductor involved being in fact a UK-trained German, and most such initiatives in fact being in the US.

    All the more reason of course, in both what you wrote and what I replied o you, for MODC to consider explicit consideration of family CE as a strategic basis for consolidating and expanding its CE presence.

    Andrew.

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  4. Before I get too carried away, here to bring me down with a bump is what Canadian parent James Forlitti has to say about this:

    http://zsippzsupp.blogspot.com/2010/11/blue-wave.html

    Thanks James.

    Schools and bureaucrap. Canada might be a wonderfully liberal enlightened society at certain levels. Contradictorily, 'schools and bureaucrap' epitomise what I mean when I wrote here about half an hour ago: 'I do doubt, though, whether the Canadian provinces as a whole would be able to pull off or even permit... etc.'

    Maybe things are small-scale, human and folksy enough in the Maritimes to get away with institutional-level innovation. Or perhaps the North is sufficiently 'new' to allow real innovation at community level.

    Not for me to say...

    Andrew.

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