Alexander Graham Bell Essay 10

Topics: Alexander Graham Bell, Telephone, Invention of the telephone Pages: 4 (1596 words) Published: March 7, 2002
Alexander Graham Bell, a man who best known for inventing the telephone. Most people don't know he spent the majority of his life teaching and helping the deaf. Educating the hearing impaired is what he wished to be remembered for.

Bell was born on March 3, 1847, in Edinburgh, Scotland. His mother was a painter of miniature portraits and also loved to play the piano even though she was nearly deaf. Aleck's mother knew that he had a talent for music and always encouraged him to play (Matthews 12). Alexander Melville Bell, his father, was a "Professor of Elocution," Art of public speaking (Bruce 16). Due to the fact that his father was a very knowledgeable man and a professor, Aleck obtained most of his education from his father and soon followed in his footsteps. Aleck had only two siblings, Melville James Bell, "Melly," and Edward Charles Bell, "Ted" (Schuman 127).

Aleck's father took a trip over seas in 1868 to see if Americans would take to his new ideas of speech. Alexander Melville Bell was so impressed that he decided to move the entire family. They did not purchase an estate in the United States. However they did buy an estate in Brantford, Ontario, Canada where there were an abundance of Scottish immigrants. Alexander Melville Bell still continued to make trips to Boston to lecture on "visible speech" (Schuman 39). Aleck's father was offered a teaching position at the Boston School for the Deaf. He did not take the job but suggested that Aleck take the position instead. Alexander Graham Bell took the teaching position in April of 1871, and was on his way to the Boston School for the Deaf (Schuman 39).

Alexander Graham Bell's, number one passion in life was helping the hearing impaired. Children learn to talk by hearing other people talk, and then they learn to speak by unconscious imitation. Deaf children do not have this option; they cannot imitate anything and therefore have to be taught by other means. Aleck thought that to...
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