Date of Birth: 09/10/1825
Place of birth: St. Petersburg
Vodovozov Vasily Ivanovich - an outstanding teacher (1825 - 1886). Born in the family of a merchant of St. Petersburg, at the time of the birth of Vasily impoverished. He studied at the St. Petersburg commercial school and the historical-philological faculty of St. Petersburg University. As a teacher in Warsaw Grammar School and teacher in private homes Vodovozov found an outstanding pedagogical talent, and was much loved by students. Even then he knew well 10 different languages, ancient and modern, from which translated in verse and prose. At the same time he works originated plans for the Russian grammar and teaching of Russian literature. Desire to work in a more convenient academic environment made him strive to St. Petersburg. With its vote in the University Nikitenko Vodovozov moved to the capital (1851), where he taught at several schools and put their works in periodical publications. The first article of his was "Notes on modern education in Germany" in the "Journal of the Ministry of National Education" (1856), in which he thanks Ushinsky, was one of the activities of employees. He published Vodovozov articles on educational theory and practice, the history of ancient literature, in Russian literature theory but "Journal of the Ministry of National Education", in the "Library for Reading", "Notes of the Fatherland", "Journal of Europe", "Contemporary", "Russian Word "and other publications. Soon Vodovozov, among other teachers-innovators, was invited Ushinsky in the Smolny Institute. Together, they went out with the onset of the reaction. Vodovozova fame as an outstanding teacher, had already been consolidated. Working in Sunday schools, in state schools, Vodovozov has always pursued one goal - for the production of the Russian school of proper educational system on the basis of universal. In 1862 he married Vodovozov EN Tsevlovskoy. Financially it was very unflattering. Especially bad it had family when Vodovozova eliminated from the teaching in the 1 st St. Petersburg High School, as a result of his protest against Tolstoy`s classicism. No lessons, no literary work did not give enough money to live until Vodovozov not issued for a long time preparing them to "read the book for the original." Outstanding teaching its merits were assessed by public and state training institutions. Vodovozov gave public readings and abstracts, worked in the committee of literacy, guided by teachers` courses and translated the works of ancient and modern classics. Detailed biography Vodovozova, characteristic of his scientific and pedagogical views and ideas, evaluation of its pedagogical and literary activities are given in the book VI Semevskii, "Vasili Vodovozov" (St. Petersburg, 1888); there Vodovozova list of works and a list of some of the reviews about it. The principal works Vodovozova: "The book for the original reading" (20th edition, St. Petersburg, 1896); "A book for teachers" (5th edition, 1879); "Russian fairy tales in verse" (1883); "Stories and poems for children" (3rd edition, 1904); "Literature in the samples and analyzes of" (6th edition, 1905); "New Russian Literature" (7th edition, 1908); "Translations in verse and original poem" (1888); "Stories of Russian history" (Issue 1, 13th edition), Issue 2, 11th edition, 1911); "Sketches from the XVIII century Russian history." (3rd edition, 1904).