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Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (12 January 1740 – 17 February 1827)

By Laurie Huberman

Pestalozzi was a Swiss pedagogue and educational reformer who founded several educational institutions in both German and French-speaking regions of Switzerland. He wrote many works about his revolutionary modern principles of education: “learning by head, hand and heart.” He was a Romantic who was inspired by Rousseau. He argued that children should learn through concrete activities and things, that they should be free to pursue their own interests and draw their own conclusions.

For further reading: Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi: pedagogy, education and social justice