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Tuesday 7 July 2009

A long day behind me, a long read ahead

Full moon at Lake Balaton, Summer 2007, by Susie Mallett

Despite the long day I still carried home Anita Tatlow's heavy tome in my rucksack, to read in bed!

It is the book that Taale Schröder, a German conductor, thinks may possibly be the source of the Petö or Hári quote that Kasey and co. are hunting for.

It is the book that Rony Schenker mentioned in her comment telling us that it also contains some of the Petö Proverbs.

Yes, some of them are in there and there are also a lot of other things attributed to Petö in there too, but I have yet to discover the elusive words.

Maybe if I stay awake long enough I may have found them by the morning.

Watch this spot.

I don’t hold out much hope on my ability to stay awake much longer, I have had a long day ahead of me with a longish bike ride at each end.

Maybe you would like to take a look at the book yourselves:

“Conductive Education for Children and Adolescents with Cerebral Palsy”
by Anita Tatlow

Ashfield Press, 2005
ISBN190165861 9

PS It is a full moon tonight, and that grusome laugh is back on my blog haunting me!

1 comment:

Andrew said...

Yes, I've just stuck my head out of my front door: it's a full moon here in England too tonight.

Not a coincidence but a predictable and verifiable fact.

The book before you was published in 2005. If it mentions words that AP might have said or written some thirty years previously, then it surely gives a source for these quotations. Surely.

Otherwise they are not the stuff of history, but 'pletyka' (rumour, gossip), articles of faith, the stuff of myth.

Your proper course with this book is to look at all that he is reported there to have said or written and then check what source is cited for al this (i.e. the old scholarly discipline of checking the references: that's what they are there for after all).

Then you follow these cited references back through the chain of evidence to see where they themselves got their information. And so on.

If your night-time reading refers directly to AP's own materials, published or unpublished (letters say), then this book is a vital primary source for AP's sayings. You and Thaale are entitled to be excited and lighting upon it and bring this to wider attention.

I have to admit that I missed these mentions when it came out.

If the book cites earlier primary sources, then it is a secondary source, etc.

Nothing wrong with any such option, as long as somewhere of other the evidence chain stretches back to AP's actual, demonstrable and verifiable words.

If that chain f evidence is broken, or if the book itself cites no sources for the information that it offers, then it is not a source at all for divining AP's actual thinking. Rather it is but a further example of the great game of Chinese Whispers that has bedevilled the search the search for the real ideas and intentions of the founder of Conductive Education.

I have just looked outside again. Tonight of all nights, and especially out there in Central Europe, as you drowse over your book you should be looking out for the effects of moonshine.

There's a lot of it around in CE.

At this witching hour, with someone, something, watching you from your computer, I suggest that you check the fastening of your casements, and fetch a little garlic from the kitchen...