Famous Educators In History

Have you ever wondered what famous educators of the past have thought about the subject of education? Or have you wondered where your favorite high school teacher got his best ideas? It may interest you to learn that not all teachers were fond of rote memorization and regurgitation of facts. Many famous educators went down in history for challenging the status quo and introducing new education standards.

Confucius
Even back in 500 BC educators were debating over the importance of education and how people should be taught. Confucius believed education should lead to self-improvement above all.

Aristotle
Aristotle was the first famous educator to stress a well-rounded education. He believed in balance, including knowledge of the arts, sciences, mathematics, physical education and philosophy.

Johann Amos Coménius
This educator challenged the traditional schools of the 1600s, saying they crushed a person's innate desire to learn. He was an advocate of natural learning and an opponent of education limited to books and classrooms. He felt that all children deserved an education and also believed a person is a student for the entirety of his life, not just during the traditional years of school.

John Locke
John Locke was an empiricist who believed that all knowledge had to be taught. Following that logic, at birth, people's minds were a "tabula rasa." Since people were not born with a distinct character, Locke insisted upon teaching character first and academics second, saying the value of good character far exceeded the value of learning to read, write, complete calculations and memorize facts.

Friedrich Froebel
Friedrich Froebel established the first kindergarten, in which the young children were taught using sensory-rich and creative activities.

Henry David Thoreau
Thoreau may be best known for his writings, but he was a teacher first. He developed his own curriculum in which he refused to emphasize ordinary memorization and instead promoted the development of critical thinking skills through writing and natural study opportunities facilitated through field trips.

Whenever your own instructors introduce a new method of study or suggest a new approach to learning, keep an open mind. You never know who might get noticed in the history books for shaping the education system in the 21st century! 

Related Life123 Articles

Want to learn how to become a substitute teacher? Substitute teaching is a stepping stone to a career in education, or it can be good part-time work for moms who want the same hours as their kids.

The requirements to become a teacher go beyond degrees and licenses. Your personality also needs to be a good fit for the job because you will be dealing with students, parents and supervisors constantly.

Frequently Asked Questions on Ask.com
More Related Life123 Articles

Looking for reasons to become a teacher? Wondering if teaching is the right career path for you? These seven reasons might indicate how you can use your specific talents in the classroom.

Studying examples of teacher resumes can help you find employment in a good school district. Although there is a teacher shortage, you still need to keep your resume polished so you can find the teacher jobs that suit you best.

To get inspiration for recommendation letters for teachers, start by looking at samples of the letter's three main parts-the introduction, the overview and the details.

© 2014 Life123, Inc. All rights reserved. An IAC Company