The World's Greatest Teachers in History
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The World's Greatest Teachers in History

All of us have a favorite teacher. Our favorite teacher could have been our teacher in elementary, high school or college. So, who is your favorite teacher? If you donÂ’t have a favorite teacher, hereÂ’s a list of the greatest teachers in history for you to choose from.

All of us have a favorite teacher.  Our favorite teacher could have been our teacher in elementary, high school or college. So, who is your favorite teacher? If you don’t have a favorite teacher, here’s a list of the greatest teachers in history for you to choose from.

Jesus Christ

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For Christians, there is no other ideal teacher but Jesus Christ – the founder of Christianity, the largest religion in the world with about 2 billion adherents worldwide. During the time that he preached, there were no lesson plan, no classroom and no visual aids.

Despite the absence of these relatively important things in teaching, He was very effective in teaching and He had attracted hundreds of thousands of people. His most famous teaching is the positive form of the Golden Rule – “Love others as you love yourself”. Among his other most popular teachings include the “Sermon on the Mount”, the “Parable of the Prodigal Son”, the “Parable of the Sower” and many others.


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Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and a teacher. He is regarded as one of the greatest teachers to ever walk on this planet. He is well remembered as the student of Plato and the teacher of one of the greatest generals in world history – Alexander the Great. Ptolemy was also his student.

He lived between 384 BCE and 322 BCE. Aristotle was born about 380 years earlier than Jesus Christ. He was prolific in many subjects such as biology, ethics, logic, poetry, physics, metaphysics, zoology, rhetoric and government. He is regarded as the most intelligent person in history. He established his own school known as Lyceum in 335 BCE.


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Confucius is another famous teacher not only in Asia but also in the West. Many of his teachings are still widely popular and followed worldwide most especially the Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese. Confucius was born more than 500 years before Jesus Christ was born. His followers established Confucianism when he died. Confucianism is now one of the most recognized and largest religions in the world.

Confucius teachings can be found in the “Analects of Confucius” which contains a collection of brief aphoristic fragment. One of his deepest teachings is the superiority of personal exemplification over explicit rules of behavior. He gave great emphasize and importance to humans over properties. The teachings of Confucius were later turned into an elaborate set of rules and practices. Confucius most famous teaching was the “Golden Rule” – Do not do unto others what you do not want others do unto you.


Gautama Buddha

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Siddhartha Gautama or more popularly known as Gautama Buddha is the founder of one of the greatest religions in the world – Buddhism. He is regarded as one of the greatest religious teacher in the world. He was born a few years earlier than Confucius and more than 500 years earlier than Jesus Christ.

Some of the fundamentals of the teachings of Gautama Buddha are the Four Noble Truths, Noble Eight Fold Path, Dependent Origination, Anicca, Dukkha and Anatta. His Four Noble Truth states that; 1. suffering is an inherent part of existence; 2. that the origin of suffering is ignorance and the main symptoms of that ignorance are attachment and craving; 3. that attachment and craving can be stopped; 4. and that following the Noble Eight Foldpath will lead to the cessation of attachment and craving and therefore suffering.

The Noble Eightfold Path are right understanding, right thought, right speech, right action, right livelihood, right effort, right mindfulness, and right concentration. His teachings emphasized ethics and correct understanding.

Anne Sullivan and Helen Keller

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Anne Mansfield Sullivan Macy was not a founder of any of the greatest religions in the world such as Confucius, Buddha and Jesus Christ but many consider him as one of the best teachers in history. She was born Johanna Sullivan on April 14, 1866 in the United States. This great teacher is well known in history as the instructor of Helen Keller.

Keller is deaf-blind and it takes enormous amount of efforts and kilometers of patience to teach a person with such disabilities. Keller became the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She was a prolific author and lecturer. She was well traveled and was a political activist.

So, who is your favorite teacher or who’s the greatest teacher for you?

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Comments (5)

I knew this would be a good article by the title.Sure enough, it is wonderful.

A tribute to teachers. Thank you friend Nobert. Voted.

Excellent presentation. I remembered that Helen Keller had accomplished a lot in her life but had forgotten until I read your article. Thanks.

Oh you picked some great teachers here!

My most favorite teach of all times is Jesus... great article there!