Wednesday, 26 August 2015


Ad hoc enquiry, with perhaps unexpected outcome

It has been suggested to me over the years that English-speaking people do not understand the concept of upbringing, and that to speak of a 'conductive upbringing' may serve merely to confuse.

Over the years I have offered homely examples, such as a 'Catholic upbringing', a musical upbringing, or 'bringing a child up for a career in the military'. Though such examples are recognised and acknowledged when I offer them, I have been left feeling unsure whether the very fact of having to give particular examples might sound like special pleading, and in fact confirm that the very idea of upbringing is indeed not part of English-speaking culture.

It is certainly the case that in the educational systems of the United Kingdom (its state systems anyway) and perhaps in those of other English-speaking countries, upbringing does not feature as a formal feature of practice, theory or organisation. (The private sector may be another matter, not just in what it does but in in why parents opt to buy out of state schools in the first place).

But how to sample public awareness and the use of the expression 'upbringing', and its presence in national consciousnesses in the English-speaking world – how to gain some sort of feeling of what upbringing is expected to achieve in determining the outcome of child development?

What the papers say

For what it is worth, look up “upbringing” in the UK edition of Google News to see how it features it appears in the English-speaking press. The result may be quite surprising:

I find it emboldening that upbringing appears as a frequent theme, and as ready explanation for adult personality and achievement around the English-speaking world. Perhaps people in Conductive Education will be emboldened too, and recount more often and boldly the vital role of konduktív nevelés (conductive upbringing) in achieving fundamental outcomes – as a contribution to a more realistic appreciation of what it takes to, well, bring up motor-disordered children to develop orthofunctionally.

Be assured, people probably do know what the word means, and appreciate what upbringing can achieve in everyday life all around them, they just need challenging to apply what they already know in what may to many people be experienced as an unfamiliar context.

Google News

Other news search services will presumably reflect the same reality.

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