Thursday, 28 June 2012


CE needs more such

Reuven Feuerstein is a true friend of Conductive Education – and Conductive Education has few of these in the higher echelons of relevant academic disciplines.

Know your friends
Professor Reuven Feuerstein, clinical and developmental psychologist, and professor of education, father of the theory of cognitive modifiability and world-famous authority, has worked wonders for the treatment of children and adults with disabilities, received the Rothberg Jewish Education Award at a ceremony at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem on Sunday 10 June.
According to University President Prof. Menachem Ben-Sasson, the Rothberg Prize for Jewish Education was awarded to Professor Reuven Feuerstein, 'in recognition of his work over many years and his contribution and deep devotion to education worldwide.'
Professor Reuven Feuerstein was born in Romania in 1921. At the age of three he could read and at the age of eight he taught a dyslexic boy to read. In 1940 he began studying to be a teacher at a college in Bucharest, and at the same time taught in a school for children whose parents had been taken by the Nazis. In 1944 he escaped from Romania and when he arrived in Israel became a special-education teacher for pupils in youth villages for Holocaust-survivors. Then he went to Geneva where he studied clinical psychology, and at the same time served as director of psychological services for organization Youth Aliyah ('Youth Immigration') in Europe. A decade later, in 1955, he returned to Israel and established a research centre in Jerusalem that in 1992 became the Feuerstein Institute for Enhancement of Learning. In 1970 earned a doctorate in developmental psychology at the Sorbonne.
Professor Feuerstein has developed a theory that anyone can learn and change, independent of age, cultural background and developmental disabilities. This theory transforms the perception of the rehabilitation of people with disabilities. This curriculum has been implemented with diverse populations, from victims of terrorist acts to people in their golden years. This year the University has inaugurated a new curriculum for students of Ethiopian origin, in which the Feuerstein Institute has worked in cooperation with the Ministry of Immigrant Integration.
The Samuel Rothberg Prize for Jewish Education is awarded each year, from a special fund established at the Hebrew University in 1975, marking Mr. Rotberg's 65th birthday.
 A true friend is a critical one

Reuven Feuerstein has written one of the academic Forewords to the forthcoming book András Pető, in which this is courteously apparent.

For more on this book, and to buy a copy of you wish, link to:

Reuven's piece is called 'The matchmaker', and can be found at pages xix-xxii.

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