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Saturday 3 December 2016

Mária Hári's thought for the day

Interacting with the environment with Mum and Big Sis, 1968

We are on countdown to Budapest

It is the last weekend for us workers before WCCE9 and I am sure I will not be the only one busy washing, preparing for Christmas and doing the first bits of packing tomorrow. I am sure there are more than a few of us sitting at the computer over text or posters making the finishing touches. My posters are in the long black tube ready for travelling, but my words are still being formulated and given much thought!

As a bit of relaxation, to give my eyes a rest from the screen and I think also to give myself a bit of moral support, I picked up one of the Mária Hári books which these days are almost permanently on the sofa beside me. 

This afternoon my lovely neighbour came to the rescue with a cup of coffee and a walk in the crispy sunshine with Guido the sausage dog! But there was no escaping getting back to the job which I am sure I have done much faster having enjoyed the fresh air and friendship. Now I need to break from it again and Mária Hári is my salvation, I do not feel guilty about stopping.

Time now to make some Christmas presents and visiting cards but not before noting down a couple of Hárisms for my blog.

‘On the basis of my lecture one could think that we are dealing with one central aim with the children but the fact is that the children are learning not just to eat as it was shown and they do not practice the ways of standing up all day long nor do we set the single aim of learning to write. The truth is that the children act on the basis of a carefully prepared programme corresponding to the current position of the group and the individuals belonging to it. This work lasts from the moment of waking up until that of going to sleep as per the determined timetable and is directed by the conductor and influenced by the members of the group itself.’  [1]

‘The conductor knows the possibilities, the complementary aids, the detailed coordinates of all children and in no way exceeds their capacities. Each action of their daily life is required in an individualized and elaborate form. The child learns that he can change position. The conductor must prove it to him. The conductor must give him the chance to interact with the environment and to overcome difficulties. The programmes have didactic importance. The timetable must ensure the time necessary to do something well. It is only in the framework of such a programme that we can attain our goals. The only conclusion of this symposium is that if one wishes to have the results that we have it is necessary to learn conduction.’


[1] Mária Hári on Conductive Education, 2004 Edited by Gillian Maguire and Andrew Sutton, Birmingham Foundation for Conductive Education, page 64, The great and the Good (1970)

[2] Mária Hári on Conductive Education, 2004 Edited by Gillian Maguire and Andrew Sutton, Birmingham Foundation for Conductive Education, page 72, Exasperation, Conductive Education 1981

BBC Radio 4, Thought for the day


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