Johannes Sturm was a German-French educator who greatly influenced secondary education. In 1538, Sturm founded a school in Germany that became the model for secondary schools (middle and high schools) throughout Europe for centuries. Sturm created a liberal arts education with grade levels to prepare students for university. His model balanced moral and religious education with culture and intellect. His writings on education broadly influenced our modern educational system.
CENTERED ON CHRIST
Sturm, a devout Christian, believed that the purpose of education is “to direct the aspiration of the scholars toward God, to develop their intelligence, and to render them useful citizens by teaching them the skill to communicate their thoughts and sentiments with persuasive effect.”