History's HEROES? Dated 1881 - 1975

Agustín Nieto Caballero

Created by

Manuel B


Bogota, Colombia
He brought to this country a new way of education


  • Found a good school.
  • Believe in the students .
  • Represent the Colombian government .
  • Thinking other ways of learning.
  • Be a great person.
  • Have good ideas.
  • Be a minister of Colombia.


  • Clever
  • Good or moral (strong beliefs or principles)
  • Has integrity (stands up for what they believe and act accordingly)
  • Determined
  • Ambitious
  • Wise
  • Honest
  • Kind and compassionate

External link

Visit Gimnasio moderno web page (Of Gimnasio Moderno)


"Enseñar antes de instruir " - Agustin Nieto Caballero

"El buen ciudadano deve representar una fuerza que ayude a levantar el espíritu de la sociedad" - Agustin Nieto Caballero

He believed in the students and the teachers like a community.

A pedagogy that lives in Colombia, where the education was based in the punishment and strong ways to correct the students behavior, that is called the new education. His main is achievement to improve the education of country (In my opinion).

Agustin was born in the cold sabana of Bogota where he started his education, after that when it was the time to go to the university, he traveled to USA specific in Columbia. He enter to the teacher college, in this place he studied Biology and Psychology. After being in the United States of America, he inspired the new education (new ways of teaching with out punishment).

When he arrived to Genova, Europe then he started to travel all around the old country were he met important educationalist like:John Dewey, Maria Montessori and Ovidio Decroly. These pedagogues were concerned about Colombian education because they created the Cajas Escolares(Where the poor children receive food and education). When he returned to his native country, he got married with Adelaida Cano. The couple had a baby that is still alive. After that, he founded the the Gimnasio Moderno" where they invent the famous phrase "Enseñar antes de instruir" that means that the student could be first educated in the important things like feelings and then he would have the time to study.

A few years later Agustin founded an other school that was similar to the Gimnasio Moderno that means that the both are based in the same ideology and are almost based in the new education; this school is named Gimnasio Femenino. After that, he stopped being the principal, to represent the Colombian government at the UNESCO in Chile. When he died in 1975, the students threw their shield of the uniform into the tomb.

Life in Agustín Nieto Caballero's world

"Enseñar antes de instruir",Agustin Nieto Caballero

Was Agustín Nieto Caballero a Hero?

  • For me, he is a hero because he prove that one person can change others lives radically with ideas and some help.

Things you might not know about Agustín Nieto Caballero

He trust his students and the students trust he that was the ideology of him that is called "Discipline de confianza"


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