My family and I were taught how, important it is to make the world a better place through education and teaching others. I and other family members are doing this in different ways. I found Laura Milligan’s post on the impact of a teacher /Mentor inspiring and wanted to share:
Everyone has a story of their favorite teacher and how they were inspired to graduate, appreciate a certain subject or achieve a certain academic, professional or personal goal. The teachers in this list have inspired whole communities. Some have even transcended the generations of their students and continue to influence the way we view philosophy, education, politics and humanity. Keep reading for our picks of 25 different teachers who drastically changed the world.
Through research and discoveries and philosophy and mathematics, as well as the firm belief in the fundamental rights of all human beings, these teachers are still admired today.
Socrates: Educators, philosophers, politicians and scientists all over the world acknowledge that Socrates was one of the most enlightened teachers and thinkers in our history. Through students like Plato, Socrates encouraged the pursuit of virtue through critical thinking and questioning. This system has affected all industries and fields of study and has inspired other great philosophers.
Leona Edwards: Leona Edwards was the mother and teacher of the civil rights legend Rosa Parks. In a 1995 interview with the Academy of Achievement, Parks credits her mother with inspiring her to believe “in freedom and equality for people.” She says that her mother “did not have the notion that we were supposed to live as we did, under legally enforced racial segregation.” Edwards was a teacher in a small school in Montgomery, AL, and her basic faith in the fundamental rights of all human beings could be credited as indirectly responsible for her daughter’s reputation as “the Mother of the Civil Rights Movement.”
Nathan Hale: Nathan Hale was a devout revolutionary and patriot who was hanged in September of 1776. He famously declared, “I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country,” inspiring courage and honor in his fellow soldiers and future fellow Americans. Before the Revolutionary War, Hale was a teacher in Massachusetts and then later in Connecticut. According to the Connecticut Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, Hale “considered the question whether the higher education of women were not neglected” and eventually opened up a special class just for female students. When the Revolutionary War broke out, Hale joined the militia and eventually spied on the British troops, for which he was hanged.
Verrocchio: Verrocchio is still considered one of the greatest Florentine sculptors and painters, but his pupil Leonoardo da Vinci is perhaps the most well-known Renaissance artist in the world. Verrocchio is credited as teaching Leonardo basic skills and nurturing his genius, and “it was in Verrocchio’s studio, according to the art historian Giorgio Vasari, that Leonardo gave the first great demonstration of his ability” when “he assisted in painting Verrocchio’s Baptism of Christ.”
Walt Whitman: Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass is considered one of the most important works of poetry in the nineteenth century. Like many writers, Whitman was a teacher in his early professional life, on Long Island, NY. He later became a journalist and political activist in Brooklyn, in addition to writing poems that introduced new and often controversial themes like the poet’s individuality, rebirth, democracy and the elements of both body and soul. His poems influenced other major American poets like Emily Dickinson and Allen Ginsberg, and “is a poet not only of America but of the whole of mankind.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe: When Abraham Lincoln met Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin, he famously remarked, “So you’re the little woman who wrote the book that started this great war.” As a child in Connecticut, Harriet Beecher attended her sister’s seminary and eventually became an assistant teacher there. In the 1840s, she founded a new school with her sister in Ohio, where the family had moved and where Harriet married Calvin Stowe. In Ohio, Stowe often studied and communicated with slaves who fled to her free state from Kentucky. When she and her husband moved to Maine, Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin, which revealed the harsh treatment of slaves in America and enraged critics and slaveowners. The Ohio History Central website maintains that Stowe’s book “did cause more and more Northerners to consider ending the institution of slavery.”
Lyndon B. Johnson: Lyndon B. Johnson was often harshly criticized for his handling of the Vietnam War as President of the United States, but before he even made it to Washington, LBJ was a teacher in South Texas. Johnson attended the Southwest Texas State Teachers College and served as principal at a Mexican-American school during a brief break from college. After graduating, Johnson taught at Pearsall High School in Pearsall, TX, and led his debate team to to win the district championship when he taught at Sam Houston High School in Houston.
John Adams: As a respected patriotand lawyer involved with the drafting of the U.S. Constitution and the 2nd president of the United States, John Adams made a drastic impact on the shaping of the United States. Before getting into politics, however, John Adams graduated from Harvard College and became a teacher. He was greatly respected and admired for his independence, intelligence, and his devotion to and involvement with the Continental Congresses, the Declaration of Independence, various peace processes and the presidency.
Pythagoras: Pythagoras, also known as “the father of numbers,” was a Greek philosopher and mathematician who invented the Pythagorean theorem, which is still taught and used today. Though Pythagoras spent much of his life traveling and learning, he also became a teacher in India, where he is still known as “the Ionian teacher,” or Yavanacharya. He later built an educational institute in Croatia to teach philosophy and basic “moral training.”
Sir Isaac Newton: Sir Isaac Newton is credited with discovering the theory of gravity, but he was also a Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at Cambridge, appointed by Isaac Barrow. During this time, Newton made advances in his optical research.
Roger Bacon: During the second half of his life, Roger Bacon lived the simple life of a friar in England during the 13th century. As a younger man, however, he studied geometry, mathematics, philosophy and astronomy in Paris, where he was also a teacher. Bacon made groundbreaking discoveries and conducted experiments in these areas, understanding how each field was closely intertwined with the other. Bacon was also known as Doctor Mirabilis, which in Latin translates to “wonderful teacher.” Wikipedia acknowledges that he is “sometimes credited as one of the earliest European advocates of the modern scientific method.”
I would add Don and Karen Willis, who taught me the value of learning and sharing with others!
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