Eons before kindergarten became an integral part of our education system and a compulsory one at that, young children were made to slog at factories and mines, clean chimneys and work as household helps. They attended no school and were deprived of basic education. What is even scarier is that the children were considered adults by the tender age of seven. Thanks to a man named Friedrich Froebel who laid the foundation for pre-school education by inventing kindergarten. But he isn’t the only one. History is rife with many such powerful educational reformers and educators who with their vision, dedication, and hard work did everything in their power to make the world a better place. When we think of educators, names like Confucius, Aristotle, John Locke and Henry David Thoreau spring readily in our minds. But even America has homed educators who have rocked history by breaking down all barriers, opening new doors of understanding, and revolutionizing the teaching method. Dr. Temple Grandin, Anne Sullivan, Stephen Hawking, Elizabeth Blackwell, Emma Willard and Lisa Delpit are examples of some of America’s eminent educators who redefined education system in their own unique way. Let us explore their timeline, trivia, and interesting facts in the biographies below.
Jill BidenJill Biden
03 June 1951
Former Second Lady of the United States
John AstinJohn Astin
30 March 1930
Actor

Bill NyeBill Nye
27 November 1955
 

Robby BensonRobby Benson
21 January 1956
Actor

John DeweyJohn Dewey
20 October 1859
Philosopher

Stedman GrahamStedman Graham
06 March 1951
Educator
William Orville DouglasWilliam O. Douglas
16 October 1898
Former Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist

Michael PollanMichael Pollan
06 February 1955
Author, Journalist, Activist

Anne SullivanAnne Sullivan
14 April 1866
American Teacher, Instructor
Horace MannHorace Mann
04 May 1796
Educator & Politician

Michael PorterMichael Porter
23 May 1947
Economist, Researcher, Author, Advisor, Speaker
Jaime Escalante Jaime Escalante
31 December 1930
Teacher

Joshua ChamberlainJoshua Chamberlain
08 September 1828
Educator & War Hero

Larry HovisLarry Hovis
20 February 1936
Singer
Noah WebsterNoah Webster
16 October 1758
Lexicographer

Martin SeligmanMartin Seligman
12 August 1942
Psychologist
Amos Bronson AlcottAmos Bronson Alcott
29 November 1799
Teacher and Educator

Junot DíazJunot Díaz
31 December 1968
Writer

Mary McLeod BethuneMary McLeod Bethune
10 July 1875
Educator
Eustace ConwayEustace Conway
15 September 1961
Naturalist

A. Bartlett GiamattiA. Bartlett Giamatti
04 April 1938
Academician, Scholar, Commissioner of Major League
Lillian Moller GilbrethLillian Moller Gilbreth
24 May 1878
Mother of Modern Management

Radia PerlmanRadia Perlman
18 December 1951
Computer Network Engineer

Edward EverettEdward Everett
11 April 1794
Former American senator

Daniel Hale WilliamsDaniel Hale Williams
18 January 1856
Surgeon
John W SnowJohn W. Snow
02 August 1939
Former United States Secretary of the Treasury
Nicholas Murray ButlerNicholas Murray Butler
02 April 1862
Philosopher, Educator

Mary LyonMary Lyon
28 February 1797
Pioneer in Women's Education

Abraham FlexnerAbraham Flexner
13 November 1866
Educator

Abigail FillmoreAbigail Fillmore
13 March 1798
First Lady of America
Jonathan KozolJonathan Kozol
05 September 1936
Educator & Non-Fiction Writer

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Marjorie Lee BrowneMarjorie Lee Browne
09 September 1914
Mathematics Educator

Henry Van DykeHenry Van Dyke
10 November 1852
Writer

Cynthia ScurtisCynthia Scurtis
28 December 1972
Alex Rodriguez's Ex-wife

W. Edwards DemingWilliam Edwards Deming
14 October 1900
Statistician, Electrical Engineer
Carol S. DweckCarol S. Dweck
17 October 1976
Physiologists

Carter WoodsonCarter Woodson
19 December 1875
Historian
Regina S PeruggiRegina S Peruggi
1947 AD
Educator

James GunnJames Gunn
23 July 1923
Writer

Rachel DolezalRachel Dolezal
12 November 1977
Author
Bryan StevensonBryan Stevenson
14 November 1959
Lawyer

Brandon SandersonBrandon Sanderson
19 December 1975
Writer
Nassim Nicholas TalebNassim Nicholas Taleb
1960 AD
Essayist

Ruth WestheimerRuth Westheimer
04 June 1928
Media Personality

Kyrsten SinemaKyrsten Sinema
12 July 1976
Politician

Erin MurphyErin Murphy
17 June 1964
Actress

Danny LloydDanny Lloyd
01 January 1972
Actor
Sherrod BrownSherrod Brown
09 November 1952
Politician

W. Edwards DemingW. Edwards Deming
14 October 1900
Engineer

August CoppolaAugust Coppola
16 February 1934
Academic

Martha McSallyMartha McSally
22 March 1966
Politician
Chuck ToddChuck Todd
08 April 1972
Journalist

Dennis HastertDennis Hastert
02 January 1942
Politician
Tom LaughlinTom Laughlin
10 August 1931
Actor

Adam NimoyAdam Nimoy
09 August 1956
Director

Anita HillAnita Hill
30 July 1956
Attorney
Karen PenceKaren Pence
01 January 1957
Educator

Edwin MeeseEdwin Meese
02 December 1931
Lawyer
Robert ClaryRobert Clary
01 March 1926
Actor

Jane ElliottJane Elliott
27 May 1933
Schoolteacher

Avery BrooksAvery Brooks
02 October 1948
Actor
Dan SavageDan Savage
07 October 1964
Author

Ben SasseBen Sasse
22 February 1972
Politician
Kathy ReichsKathy Reichs
07 July 1948
Writer

Roxane GayRoxane Gay
15 October 1974
Writer

Louise LasserLouise Lasser
11 April 1939
Actress

Philip Baker HallPhilip Baker Hall
10 September 1931
Actor
Jonathan HaidtJonathan Haidt
19 October 1963
Psychologist
Lauren LaneLauren Lane
02 February 1961
Actress

Dan ArielyDan Ariely
29 April 1967
Psychologist

Pamela Des BarresPamela Des Barres
09 September 1948
Musician

Walter IsaacsonWalter Isaacson
20 May 1952
Writer
Jon Kabat-ZinnJon Kabat-Zinn
05 June 1944
Physician

Pedro ZamoraPedro Zamora
29 February 1972
Educator

Diane BakerDiane Baker
25 February 1938
Actress

Gifford PinchotGifford Pinchot
11 August 1865
Forestry scientist

Mamie TillMamie Till
23 November 1921
Activist
Art SpiegelmanArt Spiegelman
15 February 1948
Cartoonist, Writer, Editor, Educator

Eliot EngelEliot Engel
18 February 1947
Politician
Ruby WaxRuby Wax
19 April 1953
Actress

Bill AyersBill Ayers
26 December 1944
educator, autobiographer, university teacher,

Uta HagenUta Hagen
12 June 1919
Actress
Brigitte GabrielBrigitte Gabriel
21 October 1964
Author

Annie SprinkleAnnie Sprinkle
23 July 1954
Sexologist
George DukeGeorge Duke
12 January 1946
Musician

Tim WalzTim Walz
06 April 1964
Politician

Bud SeligBud Selig
30 July 1934
Commissioner of Baseball

Hamza YusufHamza Yusuf
01 January 1958
Islamic scholar
Sylvia EarleSylvia Earle
30 August 1935
Marine biologist

Seymour CasselSeymour Cassel
22 January 1935
Actor
Roy BluntRoy Blunt
10 January 1950
Politician

Howard Warren BuffettHoward Warren Buffett
14 October 1983
Professor
Samuel R. DelanySamuel R. Delany
01 April 1942
Writer

Amy ChuaAmy Chua
26 October 1962
Lawyer
Charlie HadenCharlie Haden
06 August 1937
Musician