Movements have become a fetish

„Reading instruction from Greek and Roman times has focused on letters and sounds, despite continual efforts by critics to emphasize the vital role of meaning in reading and to demonstrate that letters play only a small, redundant, and often confusing part. Letters have become a fetish.” – Frank Smith, from the book Understanding Reading

A lot of research has happened in the past 50 years or so. And a lot of brilliant educators worked and thought hard about the necessary conditions for human learning and development.

„Movement” still lacks behind, as predicted by Moshé Feldenkrais. The closer something is to ourselves, the more difficult it is to grasp and handle. Movement seems to be even more elusive than speech and reading.

But for me, in my search for meaning, understanding and inspiration, the science of reading and teaching is close enough. I find it highly fascinating, and a lot can be learned and transposed into the field of movement.

Ultimately, movement is not about flexion and extension, not about hip flexibility and not about core strength. This is just the fetish.