But there is a lot more to this writer and his life work besides these two respected, famous novels.
In this article we will review his creative ideas and methods in pedagogy, learned while he was a teacher at Yasnaya Polyana.
He was ahead of his time with respect to the topics of educating and bringing up children.
Over a century ago, he spoke about the importance of educating children for actual life, instead of presenting them with an overwhelming amount of information that they will never use.
Of course, classical education is important, dead languages too, especially when talking about tradition and teaching values.
But still – Tolstoy does not give precedence to classical education, as he notices that few teachers could give you an answer to the question they are teaching children all of the theoretical knowledge.
There should be a vital communication between the teachers and the students, and teachers should be at their best when responding to students' needs.
Tolstoy says: Tolstoy has something to say about schools and discipline, too.
He believes there is more than one way to maintain authority in the classroom.
The best way to earn trust and respect is to give trust and respect.
That way, children won't find themselves restricted by fear, in any way: A good teaching method is the one that doesn't need strict discipline.
The one that includes punishment is by far worse [...
] We should try giving interesting tasks to students or teach through amusing storytelling.
Or – let them leave their school desks, encourage them to teach one another, let one write something on the school board and others correct him.