Friday, 22 March 2013


A few obvious questions

The Hungarian word tiszta seems hard to put into English. It means 'clean', 'pure', 'undiluted', 'plain', 'unalloyed', etc. One does, however, hear in English the notion of 'pure Conductive Education'.

What is 'pure Conductive Education'?

Over the years many people have tended to avoid the hard consequences of making it matter explicit, what is meant by this. 

To do so might involve the difficult task of identifying the essence or essences of Conductive Education: in practice counting some people and what they do as being  in, and some out –  that is coming down for one side or another, ruffling feathers.

There surely are, however, distinctions to be made, boundaries that have to be be drawn, and some obvious, longstanding questions to be addressed:
  • What is a 'clean' or a 'pure' way of doing conductive pedagogy'?
  • Is his the same as what in Germany some people refer to as Petð-pur?
  • What is its opposite: 'dirty', 'unclean', impure', 'diluted' 'alloyed'...?
  • By what criteria might we recognise 'pure conductive pedagogy', or even 'Pure Pető'?
  • Can one ever find such criteria explicitly stated?
  • Historically and substantively, is tiszta konduktiv pedagógia a tenable construct?
  • Or is it just a smokescreen or a slogan?
  • What sort of problems does all this cause?
  • And what is wrong with alloys anyway?
Move&Walk's recent advertisements for conductors to work in Sweden, tisztán ('purely', 'cleanly' etc.), reinforce sthe need to define positions:

1 comment:

  1. Norman Perrin writs to ask: 'Is this a repeat of 6th March posting?'

    Thanks, Norman, the answer is 'Er, yes.'.

    I have had dreadful computer problems for the last six weeks, only now being resolved. This posting was thrown to the surface in the process of trying to sort them out, and posted in error.

    I see that the posting of 6 March has so far attracted 96 hits and generated a small discussion. I shall leave the second one on line.

    I shall treat this as a sort of natural experiment and see what this second airing throws up.