Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi
In this posting, I mentioned some thoughts that came into my mind about a square in
. Just next to the square, I saw a statue of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi. Please see photo below. Zurich
I read here that Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi once stated: “The role of the educator is to teach children, not subjects.” Via this source, I learned that Mr. Pestalozzi, who was born in the beautiful city of
, argued that children should learn through activity and through things. They should be free to pursue their own interests and draw their own conclusions. He placed a special emphasis on spontaneity and self-activity. Children should not be given ready-made answers but should arrive at answers themselves. To do this their own powers of seeing, judging and reasoning should be cultivated, their self-activity encouraged. Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi also wanted to combine education with work. Zurich
To Pestalozzi the individuality of each child is paramount; it is something that has to be cultivated actively through education. Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi opposed the prevailing system of memorization learning and strict discipline and sought to replace it with a system based on love and an understanding of the child's world. Source.
Not least due to the relatively strong uncertainty avoidance associated with the culture of
Switzerland, I find it interesting that a statue of Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi is placed right in the centre of . What are your thoughts? Zurich