As adapted from Moravian College (moravian.edu), "John Amos Comenius tried to improve the ways students were taught. His first success in this area was a beginning Latin textbook, Janua Linguarum Reserata ("The Gate of Languages Unlocked"), published in 1631. Much later in life, he showed that he still had the needs of beginners on his mind, producing the first-ever children's picture book, Orbis Pictus ("The World Illustrated"), published in 1658. Both these books became best-sellers, translated into every major European language and used by beginning learners for over a hundred years.
Although he did not use the modern words (nor did the Victorian translator who made his work available in English), Comenius addressed such topics as
- Education for everyone
- Students' natural tendency to learn
- Learning by easy stages
- Financial aid
- Career preparation
- Extracurricular activities
- Lifelong learning
It is thanks to him that educators today think these things are important."