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Notable Teachers ~

Marva Collins
John Amos Comenius
Henry Steele Commager

Barry Commoner
James Bryant Conant

Maria Cosway
Pierre de Coubertin
Norman Cousins

Marva Collins, Inspirational Quotations Wall Poster
Marva Collins Inspirational Quotation Poster

Marva Collins
b. 8-31-1936; Monroeville, AL

“Trust yourself. Think for yourself. Act for yourself. Speak for yourself. Be yourself. Imitation is suicide.”

In 1975 Marva Collins started Westside Preparatory School in Garfield Park, Illinois, serving an improverished neighborhood. Collins modified the classical Socratic method asking and answering questions to stimulate critical thinking and to illuminate ideas for primary students. Due to lack of sufficient enrollment and funding the school closed in 2008.

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John Amos Comenius, Giclee Print
John Amos Comenius,
Giclee Print

John Amos Comenius
b. 3-28-1592; Moravia (Czech Republic)
d. 11-4-1670

John Amos Comenius, Bishop of the Unity of the Brethren (the Hussites, followers of Jan Hus) and one of the first advocates of universal education, is called the “Father of Modern Education”. Comenius is considered to have authored the first textbook, a picture book, for children.

One of UNESCO’s most prestigious awards, The Comenius Medal honouring outstanding achievements in the fields of education research and innovation, is named after him.

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• John Comenius: The Labyrinth of the World and The Paradise of the Heart (Classics of Western Spirituality)

Henry Steele Commager National Archives Photo Print
Henry Steele Commager
National Archives
Photo Print

Henry Steele Commager
b. 10-25-1902; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
d. 3-3-1998

Henry Steele Commager was a noted educator, historian, and author. He was a defender of civil liberties, opposed McCarthyism, and the Vietnam War.

The Spirit of Seventy-Six: The Story of the American Revolution as told by Participants, ed. Henry Steele Commager
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Barry Commoner and the Science of Survival: The Remaking of American Environmentalism (Urban and Industrial Environments)
Barry Commoner and
the Science of Survival:
The Remaking of
American Environmentalism
(Urban and Industrial Environments)

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Barry Commoner
b. 5-28-1917; Brooklyn, New York

Barry Commoner, a biology professor and 1980 presidental candidate, wrote four laws of ecology, in The Closing Circle (1971) -

1. Everything is Connected to Everything Else. There is one ecosphere for all living organisms and what affects one, affects all.

2. Everything Must Go Somewhere. There is no "waste" in nature and there is no “away” to which things can be thrown.

3. Nature Knows Best. Humankind has fashioned technology to improve upon nature, but such change in a natural system is “likely to be detrimental to that system.”

4. There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch. Everything comes from something. There's no such thing as spontaneous existence.

Former Harvard President James B. Conant Sitting in His Office, Giclee Print
James B. Conant
Giclee Print

James Bryant Conant
b. 3-26-1893; Dorchester, MA
d. 2-11-1978; Hanover, NH

Chemist and professor James Bryant Conant is better known as a President of Harvard University, which he reformed as a research institution.

James Conant quotes ~
• “Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”
• “Behavior which appears superficially correct but is intrinsically corrupt always irritates those who see below the surface.”
• “Every vital organization owes its birth and life to an exciting and daring idea.”
• “Each honest calling, each walk of life, has its own elite, its own aristocracy based on excellence of performance.”

Buddha, Lao-Tzu and Confucius, Giclee Print
Buddha, Lao-Tzu,
and Confucius,
Giclee Print

b. 9-28-551 BC; China
d. 479 BCE

Confusius is a much celebrated philosopher and teacher. Perhaps his greatest teaching is “never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself”. FYI - Jesuit missionary to China, Matteo Ricci, and Chinese scholar Xu Guangqi, were the first to translate Confucianism text into a western language.

Confusius quotes ~
• “If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.”
• “Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”
• “Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.”
• “Heaven means to be one with God.”

• The Analects of Confucius

Portrait of the Hon William Lamb, Later 2nd Viscount Melbourne, as a Child, Maria Cosway
Portrait of the
Hon. William Lamb,
2nd Viscount Melbourne,
as a Child, Giclee Print

Maria Cosway
b. 1760; Italy
d. 1838

Maria Cosway, born to English parents in Florence, Italy, was an artist as well as a musician. In Paris she met, and subsequently became involved with Thomas Jefferson. She went on to found schools for girls in Lyons, France and in Lodi.

References: Seeing Ourselves: Women's Self-Portraits by Frances Borzello, pp.100-101; Women, Art and Society, by Whitney Chadwick, p.149.

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Portrait of Baron Pierre De Coubertin, Giclee Print
Baron Pierre de Coubertin,
Giclee Print

Pierre de Coubertin
b. 1-1-1863; France
d. 9-3-1937; Geneva

Pierre de Coubertin, an historian and a thinker on education who romanticized ancient Greece and sports for building character, is primarily responsible for the revival of the modern Olympic games in 1894.

“The important thing in the Olympic Games is not winning but taking part. The essential thing in life is not conquering but fighting well.”

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Human Options, Norman Cousins
Human Options,
Norman Cousins

Norman Cousins
b. 6-24-1915; Union City, New Jersey
d. 11-30-1990; Los Angeles

Political journalist, author, professor, and world peace activist, Norman Cousins, also did research in the biochemistry of human emotions with laughter as a key to fighting illness.

Norman Cousins quotes ~
• “A human being fashions his consequences as surely as he fashions his goods or his dwelling. Nothing that he says, thinks or does is without consequences.”
• “Death is not the greatest loss in life. The greatest loss is what dies inside us while we live.”
• “Hearty laughter is a good way to jog internally without having to go outdoor.”
• “Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by crisis – once that crisis can be recognized and understood.”
• “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
• “What was most significant about the lunar voyage was not that men set foot on the moon but that they set eye on the earth.”

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