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Education

School teachers, Alexander

This entry covers the teaching of the Technique to children, privately and in schools, and includes parenting. History F. M. Alexander See F. M. Alexander on education. The Little School The ‘Little School’ was first started in London (at Ashley Place) in 1924, and was run by Irene Tasker and, from 1934, Margaret Goldie. The school moved in 1934 to Alexander’s residence Penhill House, Nr. Bexley, Kent, where it provided for boarders. Around the same time The F. Matthias Alexander Trust Fund was set up to look after the educational aspects of his work. A...
Alexander was concerned about education of the young, because many potentially bad habits could be prevented at an early age. He saw the future of civilisation dependent upon development of the conscious and rational powers of children. His views would be regarded as progressive for his times. He writes in MSI: In this matter of education I am, admittedly, an iconoclast. I would fain break down the idols of tradition and set up new concepts. In no matters do we see more plainly the harmful effect of the rigid convention than in this matter of teaching. We speak commonly of training the...
This entry covers teaching school teachers in the Alexander Technique. Books The Thinking Teacher's Body by Harriet Anderson. Inspired by the Alexander Technique, written for teachers, trainee teachers, and all those involved in teacher training and development.[1] Articles ‘Teaching the Alexander Technique to trainee school teachers – An ongoing research project’ by Grant Ragsdale; an interim report on teaching the Technique to trainee teachers at Leeds Metropolitan University.[2] ‘The “means-whereby” we teach and learn the...