Elizabeth Peabody

Elizabeth Peabody

Elizabeth Palmer Peabody (May 16, 1804 – January 3, 1894) was an American educator who opened the first English-language kindergarten in the United States. Long before most educators, Peabody embraced the premise that children's play has intrinsic developmental and educational value.

Peabody also served as the translator for the first English version of a Buddhist scripture which was published in 1844.

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... Peabody published a number of works, including Record of a school exemplifying the general principles of spiritual culture ...

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