CEP – Conductive Education Press – has been created to enable and stimulate new publication in the field of Conductive Education.
Books (softbacks) are currently available in two series
Library of Conductive Education – reflecting the spread and development of Conductive Education around the world (five titles so far)
Pető Studies – exploring the life and work of András Pető, the founder of Conductive Education (second book in this new series recently published)
CEP has limited resources and depends wholly upon donated time and voluntary effort.
Not for profit: all proceeds from sales are ploughed back towards CEP’s future publications.
Rafał (now Ralph) Strzałkowski was born in 1979, in Warsaw, Poland, with cerebral palsy, ten years before the fall of the Iron Curtain. From 1986 to 1990 he attended the Pető Institute in Budapest, Hungary, as a weekly boarder. After that it was back to school in Warsaw, then law degrees at Warsaw University, and the University of Florida. Today Ralph is an attorney admitted to law practice in Florida and in Washington DC.
He is also an activist. This year he inaugurated DAAF, the Florida Disability Access and Awareness Foundation.
This book is a collection of 53 postings from his blog Lawyer on Wheels, selected for the unique light that they throw upon Conductive Education as remembered from the experience of a child, reflections upon his adult life that bear the stamp of his particular upbringing, and some of his further Conductive Education experiences in the United States.
András Pető left two inheritances.
One was the practice of conductive pedagogy, variously konduktív nevelés, Conductive Education, konduktive Förderung – an uncrystalised Chinese whisper that has since mutated down generations and across societies. Some such practices may have much in common with András Pető’s and his associates’, some very little – all are concrete activities, practised, or experienced, observed and analysed. They are what you see.
The other is the heritage of recollections of András Pető himself, what he did, how he was, and perhaps what drove him. Who was this Will-o’-the-Wisp, András Pető, what words of his echo down to us? How did people at the time understand that mystery in their midst? This second inheritance is far harder to find, to separate from myth and fantasy in what you hear and what you read.
This quotationary’s 307 quotations contribute some distilled essence, including 48 sayings or reported sayings from the man himself, plus vivid direct reports from friends and associates, and the observations of some of those who have tried to nail his fleeting shadow.
These quotations come from 40 named sources, and are referenced to 15 different texts.
Originals were in German, Hungarian and English, all are presented here in English translation.
The possibility of e-books is under consideration.