Movements have become a fetish

„Reading instruction from Greek and Roman times has focused on letters and sounds, despite continual efforts by critics to emphasise 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.

Luckily, in my search for meaning, understanding, and inspiration in the field of movement, the sciences concerned with teaching and literacy are close enough. I find these fields highly fascinating, and a lot can be learned and transposed into the field of movement.

Physical movements are not only about flexion and extension, hip flexibility and core strength. If they were, they would have become just a fetish.