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Dr. Henry Barnard

(1811-1900)




As a delegate to the Connecticut General Assembly in 1837, Barnard intoduced the first legislation for free education and created the Connecticut Board of Common Schools. He was made the secretary of the Connecticut Board of Education in 1838. He published a variety of articles on Pestalozzi as editor of the Connecticut Common School Journal from 1838 to 1842. From 1843 to 1849 Barnard served as the state superintendent of schools in Rhode Island.
He was exposed to the kindergarten of Mme. Bertha Ronge while attending the International Exposition of Educational Methods in London in 1854. He championed the Froebel kindergarten giving lectures and publishing articles in the highly influential American Journal of Education from 1855 to 1882.






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