Saturday, November 8, 2008

Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching was founded in 1905 and chartered by the US Congress in 1906. It is an independent research and policy center whose objective is"to do and perform all things necessary to encourage, uphold, and dignify the profession of the teacher."

Their website can be accessed at

Andrew Carnegie, who founded it, was born on
November 25, 1835 and he died on August 11, 1919. Andrew Carnegie's life was a true "rags to riches" story. Born to a poor Scottish family that immigrated to the United States, Carnegie became a powerful businessman and a leading force in the American steel industry. Carnegie believed that the wealthy had an obligation to give back to society, so he donated much of his fortune to causes like education and peace.