Monday, June 13, 2011

120 Influences, Part 9: Educators

  1. Harold Bloom, for his commitment to classic literature over three millennia from The Iliad to Angels in America.
  2. Jon Amos Comenius, for writing four centuries ago The Great Didactic, which foresaw education as we know it today.
  3. John Dewey, for providing the principles underlying The Child and the Curriculum, Democracy and Education: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Education, Experience and Education, Art and Education, and Art as Experience.
  4. Janet Emig, for her research in the writing process in The Composing Processes of Twelfth Graders.
  5. Paulo Freire, for his liberating ideology about what constitutes a real education and the teacher's and student's roles in it.
  6. S. I. Hayakawa:, for his landmark work in general semantics, especially with Language in Thought and Action.
  7. Maria Montessori, for her attitude about children and her knowledge of the best way to educate them.
  8. Marcus Fabius Quintilianus, for Institutio Oratoria (Institutes of Oratory), "the book" on educating the young from birth to adolescence.
  9. Bertrand Russell, for The History of Western Philosophy, The Problems of Philosophy, and Religion and Science, all helpful in understanding the purpose, development, and uses of philosophy.
  10. Frank Lloyd Wright, for making modern architecture an art and a science.