Amos Bronson Alcott, Teacher

Title

Amos Bronson Alcott, Teacher

Description

A photograph of Amos Bronson Alcott, a teacher whose controversial methods would better improve the school system.
 
When Alcott decided the life of a salesman wasn’t fulfilling enough, he turned to teaching, and found a great calling. He opened the Temple School in 1834 with thirty students, and as he interacted with them, he wanted to form a better bond between students and the subjects they learned. He encouraged students to talk and write about their own experiments relating to what they were being taught, instead of going through so many drills and lectures. He also was against corporal punishment, and instead appointed a daily ‘superintendent’, a hand-picked student who would try to catch any rule breakers and report them. When there was trouble, he offered himself as punishment, believing any failings of the student were ultimately a failing on the teacher.

Creator

Warren's (Firm)

Date

Unknown

Source

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ae/Bronson_Alcott_from_NYPL_gallery.jpg

Rights

(Source: Amos Bronson Alcott. (2012, October 11). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 19:12, October 12, 2012, from http://bit.ly/THwKwM.

Publisher

New York Public Library

Contributor

New York Public Library

Format

Medium: Photograph.

Language

English

Type

Figures

Identifier

Amos Bronson Alcott, Public Education, Teaching, Temple School, School System

Coverage

Historic

Files

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/a/ae/Bronson_Alcott_from_NYPL_gallery.jpg

Reference

Warren's (Firm), Amos Bronson Alcott, Teacher, New York Public Library, Unknown

Cite As

Warren's (Firm), “Amos Bronson Alcott, Teacher,” Virtual Museum of Public Service, accessed July 22, 2024, https://vmps.omeka.net/items/show/338.