The Czech Republic and Slovakia celebrate Teacher’s Day on March 28 to commemorate the 1592 birthday of:
a. Frederick Scantron, inventor of the multiple-choice test. b. Dixon Ticonderoga, explorer and discoverer of the graphite mountain from which all pencils are hewn. c. Jan Amos Komensky, teacher, pastor and writer who was expelled from his own country to spend 42 years in exile. d. All of the above
If there’s anything I learned in junior high school, …Read more
There are dozens of Teachers’ Days celebrated on different dates around the world, often on the birthdays of countries’ greatest instructors.
Taiwan and India celebrate Teachers’ Day in September with the observed birthdays of Confucius and Radhakrishnan respectively.
The Czech Republic celebrates on March 28 with the birthday of Jan Amos Komensky.
Finland honors Mikael Agricola on April 9.
China celebrates Teachers’ Day on September 10.
In the United States, the first full week in May …Read more
Before embarking on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
Today is the (observed) birthday of the man whom many believe to be the greatest teacher ever, Master Kung, K’ung Fu Tzu. Or as he’s known in English: Confucius.
Compared to his legacy, the circumstances of his life were somewhat underwhelming.
He was born in 551 BC in Lu, China, into a poor, once noble family. His …Read more
Teacher: I thought I told you to stand at the back of the line! Pupil: I tried, someone was already there.
Mother: What did you learn in school today? Student: Not enough, I have to go back tomorrow.
Created by a group of China’s most esteemed professors, Teachers’ Day was celebrated in June in the 1930s. The Manifesto on Teachers’ Day explained the professors’ hope that the holiday would …Read more
True seekers are those who never end their quest.
All across India hundreds of millions of schoolchildren celebrate Teachers’ Day. In many schools, children dress up like their teachers. Teachers meanwhile, sit in the back of the room, like students, as the students lead class, and roles are reversed for a day. Students have a chance to see from their mentors’ eyes, and teachers remember what is was like …Read more
Today the country of Finland celebrates Finnish Language Day, also known as Mikael Agricola Day.
Mikael Agricola may not have started Finnish but he is celebrated as a national hero for creating and codifying the written version of what was largely an oral tradition up until the 16th century.
Agricola was appointed Lutheran bishop of Turku in 1554. One of the tenets of the Reformation was the translation and reading of scriptures in native languages.