Monday, 1 July 2013


What is old-fashioned?

Conductive Education cannot be static? Surely, it cannot stagnate. By its very nature it has to move. But in what direction(s)? At what speed? What new activities and ideas should it take up, what old ones abandon? What is progressive and what reactionary in this context? What is advanced, what backward-looking?

There is such a wide choice of answers in our world of multi-this and multi-that.

There can be few individuals or institutions over the life of Conductive Education, anywhere in the world, not having confronted such questions – and perhaps few not having acted to move practice on in some direction, or to resist some such move.

Norman Perrin's blog mentions a recent discussion at one institution, Paces Sheffield, and a one judgement passed, that he is an 'old fuddy-duddy':

But what makes for an old fuddy-duddy? What is the magnetic force, the compass, that indicates the future? Where is the Lode Star, where does the needle point? What is the White Rabbit, where is the hat?*

Why were you deemed a fuddy-duddy, Norman? What were the criteria? What other criteria are adopted elsewhere?

(I ask all this in honest confusion, as a likely fuddy-duddy myself.)

* And why, I wonder, starting with Mária Hári, have Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass so often provided analogies for talking about Conductive Education?


  1. Greetings, it was very interesting to read this post. As a teacher in her early studies to be a conductor, this year I was exposed not only to the philosophy behind the approach, but also seen, during one week, the original at the Hungarian Peto Institute in Budapest. It was a fascinating experience that caused many thoughts, especially because there are differences between the ways of work, as I experience it and what I saw there. Much of the difference is due to cultural differences between Israel and Hungary. There were things I thought I would be happy to "bring back" to Israel and other things I was glad that have changed in our work as conductors.
    So that in my opinion, it is important to examine the whole time which things "must" be saved and what things should improve and change. especially when today we live in a world where one can easily draw inspiration and knowledge of different people & institutes scattered throughout the globe.
    Sometimes there are things you can "import" or do integration between the different methods that fit, but not to be afraid of but also at the same time maintaining the good & old.
    All the best,
    ketty, Israel.

  2. All the best to you too, Ketty.

    Keep in touch, not just with me but with like spirits around the world.