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.
Bill NyeBill Nye

27 November 1955

Jill BidenJill Biden

03 June 1951

Stedman GrahamStedman Graham

06 March 1951

John DeweyJohn Dewey

20 October 1859

Anne SullivanAnne Sullivan

14 April 1866

Michael PollanMichael Pollan

06 February 1955

Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski

28 March 1928

Horace MannHorace Mann

04 May 1796

Joshua ChamberlainJoshua Chamberlain

08 September 1828

Michael PorterMichael Porter

23 May 1947

Jaime Escalante Jaime Escalante

31 December 1930

Noah WebsterNoah Webster

16 October 1758

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Marjorie Lee BrowneMarjorie Lee Browne

09 September 1914

Edward EverettEdward Everett

11 April 1794

Amos Bronson AlcottAmos Bronson Alcott

29 November 1799

John W SnowJohn W. Snow

02 August 1939

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Abigail FillmoreAbigail Fillmore

13 March 1798

Mary LyonMary Lyon

28 February 1797

Abraham FlexnerAbraham Flexner

13 November 1866

Jonathan KozolJonathan Kozol

05 September 1936

Henry Van DykeHenry Van Dyke

10 November 1852

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W. Edwards DemingWilliam Edwards Deming

14 October 1900

Mary McLeod BethuneMary McLeod Bethune

10 July 1875

Bill AyersBill Ayers

26 December 1944

Art SpiegelmanArt Spiegelman

15 February 1948

Ahmad JamalAhmad Jamal

02 July 1930

Howard ThurmanHoward Thurman

18 November 1899

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Maulana KarengaMaulana Karenga

14 July 1941

Seymour PapertSeymour Papert

29 February 1928

Steven Clark RockefellerSteven Clark Rockefeller

19 April 1936

Marva CollinsMarva Collins

31 August 1936

Babatunde OlatunjiBabatunde Olatunji

07 April 1927

Autherine LucyAutherine Lucy

05 October 1929

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Robert Maynard HutchinsRobert Maynard Hutchins

17 January 1899

Mordecai KaplanMordecai Kaplan

11 July 1881

Rosalind WisemanRosalind Wiseman

Roger Tory PetersonRoger Tory Peterson

28 August 1908

Lucy Craft LaneyLucy Craft Laney

13 April 1854

Kate Douglas WigginKate Douglas Wiggin

28 September 1856

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Marvin OlaskyMarvin Olasky

12 June 1950

Sophia B. PackardSophia B. Packard

03 January 1824

Henry BarnardHenry Barnard

24 January 1811

Janie Porter BarrettJanie Porter Barrett

09 August 1865

Mark HopkinsMark Hopkins

04 February 1802

John HopeJohn Hope

02 June 1868

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Granville Stanley HallGranville Stanley Hall

01 February 1844

Moshe DavisMoshe Davis

12 January 1916

Fawn McKay BrodieFawn McKay Brodie

15 September 1915

Thomas Raymond KellyThomas Raymond Kelly

1893 AD

June Millicent JordanJune Millicent Jordan

09 July 1936

Clare HaslerClare Hasler

20 December 1945

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Dr. Benjamin Elijah MaysDr. Benjamin Elijah Mays

01 August 1894

Grant GudmundsonGrant Gudmundson

John Ricardo I. ColeJohn Ricardo I. Cole

12 October 1952

Matthew Scott HollandMatthew Scott Holland

1966 AD

Morris S. SchwartzMorris S. Schwartz

20 December 1916