Thursday, 18 July 2013

INDIA

And others
One of the greatest regrets of my career was that in the late nineteen-nineties I failed to help introduce CE into India, to Chennai to be specific. No excuses, no pack drill. It was a terrible wasted opportunity.

Since then I have struggled to understand what has been happening with CE and its essence in Hong Kong and the great Chinese hinterland. And with what we in Western Conductive Education might learn from Oriental Conductive Education, towards resolving the crisis in our own CE, based upon essentials rather than upon superficialities.

Commonalities

These two very different experiences of mine have had in common that they have met almost universal disinterest within Conductive Education in the West.

Hong Kong and China are of course on very different points on the CE road, the former already carving out its own broad highway, the latter barely started. Potential commonalities, however, are there to see.
  • On present projections India's population will be overtaking overtaking China's around 2028. What else do the two have in common? Some terrible things. And also enormous diversity and the most extraordinary energy and intelligence.
  • And why do they both seem such obvious candidates to seize the essential messages of Conductive Education and then go on create new practices and new ideas? An ocean of need beyond our contemporary Western imaginations. And in both cases, in their own way, 'their culture'. What a cliché! 
'Culture' and CE – caveats
  • Neither India and China has a uniform culture. Neither is like the other, except in so far as neither of them is like the West. 
  • In places they abut, in places they may even blend, and within-group differences may be greater than those between. But neither is like the West.
  • 'Culture' here refers not just to ancient heritage, in such matters as child-rearing bringing up and educating children, but also to present-day dynamic entrepreneurialisms. 
  • Both cultures have features that may prove enormously compatible with CE and nurture its implementation, but both include features that in different ways may also prove immensely problematical.
  • Such analysis may be extended to cover Brazil and some of the economic tier below the BRICs.
  • As for the Russia, well, that may be something else.
Taking a conductive road

There is nothing inevitable about the onward progress of Conductive Education as we variously at present know it. But CE does offer such enormous advantages and potential...

India and China, and some others, may find their own ways, or take other roads. They offer situations that have something very important in common with with that faced by András Pető and the tiny band of co-workers with whom he started this ball rolling. They begin with nothing but energy and vision, and they have a world to conquer. It is still such early days, anything is possible.

India: a picture says it all

This picture says it all for me:


I am deeply indebted to Karthikeyan Subramanian, of Discover Abilities – A Path to Success, for drawing this picture to my attention, and thereby sparking this present posting.






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