Ferdinand Kindermann

(1740 - 1801) Priest and schoolmaster

Ferdinand Kindermann, portrait

After he finished his studies of philosophy and theology in Prague he was consecrated into priesthood in 1765. He began his career in the south of Bohemia as a tutor in the aristocratic family of The Buquoys. From 1771 he served as a priest and dean in Kaplice that was a part of the Buquois estates. He is credited to building up a model industrial school. There children received not only the elementary skills in reading, writing and mathematics but they also were taught in geography, history and natural science. The children grew fruits and vegetables, they did homework, and they learned craft subjects. In 1774 compulsory school attendance was established and Ferdinand Kindermann left for Prague to work as a pedagogical specialist in a school committee.