Historical Who is Who
1878 - 1930
Hugely esteemed figure in the development of Estonian nationhood in the 20th century, Peeter Pold was an expert in teaching methods, a school director, elected politician and the first Estonian Minister of Education. He was responsible for the establishment of the Journal of Child Nurture and Education, the Teachers’ Union, and the Estonian language version of the University of Tartu. His opposition to physical eugenics, like his support for the temperance movement, was rooted in his conviction that human development is best achieved by exercise of the personal will on the part of the individual. Good education and citizenship experience will encourage its strengthening.