Jan Ligthart

Jan Ligthart (11 January 1859 - 16 February 1916) was a Dutch teacher and philosopher. He became known for his innovative educational methods and the modernisation of the Dutch education system. He wrote many articles and books about education.

Jan Ligthart
Picture of bearded man while reading a book
Jan Ligthart in Sweden in 1916
Born(1859-01-11)11 January 1859
Died16 February 1916(1916-02-16) (aged 57)
OccupationTeacher and philosopher
Spouse(s)Marie Cachet
Parent(s)Cornelis Ligthart
Anna van Spall
RelativesJuliana of the Netherlands (student)


Jan Ligthart was born on 11 January 1859 in Amsterdam, in the Jordaan district. His father Cornelis Ligthart, was a carpenter and grocer, who suffered from epileptic seizures. His mother Anna van Spall, daughter of a pastor, came from Klundert. Both of his parents died during his childhood. Ligthart graduated from the Reformed Christian college of Bloemgracht. Afterwards he worked in several schools as a teacher. In 1886, he married Marie Cachet, with whom he had three children, two daughters and one son. Due to his illnesses he was put in a sanatorium. On 16 February 1916 he died after falling in a canal and drowning.

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