In time, some ideas from these experiments and paradigm challenges may be adopted as the norm in education, just as Friedrich Fröbel 's approach to early childhood education in 19th-century Germany has been incorporated into contemporary kindergarten classrooms. Other influential writers and thinkers have included the Swiss humanitarian Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi ; the American transcendentalists Amos Bronson Alcott , Ralph Waldo Emerson , and Henry David Thoreau ; the founders of progressive education , John Dewey and Francis Parker ; and educational pioneers such as Maria Montessori and Rudolf Steiner , and more recently John Caldwell Holt , Paul Goodman , Frederick Mayer , George Dennison , and Ivan Illich .
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On June 14, 2017, Commissioner of Education Pam Stewart honored 44 Florida businesses with the Commissioner’s Business Recognition Award. The award recognizes businesses for their extraordinary contributions to public education in Florida. The Commissioner’s Business Recognition Awards, presented by Wells Fargo, are administered by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Education Foundation to encourage successful alliances within the business community and among local school districts for the benefit of Florida’s students. Other sponsors of the 30th annual awards program are MGT Consulting Group, Florida Power and Light, Kyra Solutions, and Gray-Robinson Attorneys at Law.