Caleb Gattegno is the teacher every student dreams of; he doesn’t require his students to memorize anything, he doesn’t shout or even say a word, and his students learn at an accelerated rate because they are truly interested. In a world where memorization, recitation, and standardized tests are still the norm, Gattegno was truly ahead of his time.
Born in Alexandria, Egypt in 1911, Gattegno was a scholar of many fields. He held a doctorate of mathematics, a doctorate of arts in psychology, a master of arts in education, and a bachelor of science in physics and chemistry. He held a scientific view of education, and believed illiteracy was a problem that could be solved. He questioned the role of time and algebra in the process of learning to read, and, most importantly, questioned the role of the teacher. The focus in all subjects, he insisted, should always be placed on learning, not on teaching. He called this principle the Subordination of Teaching to Learning.
Gattegno travelled around the world 10 times conducting seminars on his teaching methods, and had himself mastered more than 40 languages. He published more than 140 books during his career.
We are Eaton Donald and Sima Gandhi. We aspire to make Dr. Gattengo's work available and accessible worldwide and have been working towards this goal since 2008. Readably is inspired by Gattegno's Words in Color reading program.