million cell phones are in use worldwide. Out of these, one-hundred
percent would not have existed without the research done by Alexander Graham
Bell. The telephone represents only one invention of his many, which pale
by comparison to other significant works. Bell's birth in Edinburgh, Scotland on March
3, 1847 to Eliza Grace Symmonds and Alexander Melville Bell was the beginning
of a significant mark on history. After finishing high school and
completing college at age sixteen, Bell partnered with his father's business.
In the next few years, he taught in and opened several schools for the
deaf in Boston. It was here Bell met Thomas Watson, the man who brought
his ideas to life. During his later years, Bell spent much time and money
on the teaching of the deaf and blind. Although he is mainly remembered
for his intellect, Bell's impact on the teaching methods of deaf students
should not be forgotten. Because of his help to these students,
intelligence, and compassion towards others, Bell deserves the title of a hero.
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exhibited helpfulness through his teachings with the deaf and his contributions
to the science community. When he opened his first school for the deaf,
he wanted to help: "...his students speak by seeing sounds they could not
hear" (Pasachoff 27). Originally the deaf would not have been
formally taught how to speak, but by utilizing Bell's Visible Speech Diagrams
the deaf's ability to speak improved significantly. This methodology helped
their parents by lessening the burden of teaching their children to speak.
Later in his life Bell contributed significant time and money to the
sciences: "Bell helped establish Science magazine and the National
Geographic Society" (World of Invention). This assisted the populace
by making it easier to learn about advances in science. As a result, common
people could educate themselves in the sciences with little effort. Bell
aided society in many ways, which was facilitated by his intellect.
his teachings and scientific advances, Bell's superior intelligence became
evident. After Bell graduated from college, at age sixteen, he was asked
to teach: "Bell accepted [the] position at Winston House Academy in
Scotland where he taught elocution and music to students, many older than
he" (The Biography Channel website). The fact he was at a teaching
level at such a young age showed he was a young genius destined for greater
things. His brilliance in these fields quickly led him from teaching to
conducting studies. After studying Herman Ludwig von Helmoltz's work with
complex sounds, Bell, at the age of eighteen: "...made scientific studies
of the resonance of the mouth while speaking" (Encyclopedia of World
Biography). Nowadays new scientific studies are performed by people with
many years in a field and are much older than Bell was when he made his study
of the mouth. From here, Bell's intellect kept growing. Despite his
elite intelligence, Bell still focused on the needs of the people around him.
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cared dearly for his deaf students and their learning experiences. His
first student, George, the son of Thomas Sanders, could not hear: "Unlike
a hearing child, George could not hear the stress upon certain words for
emphasis. To compensate, Bell drew certain words in different sizes"
(Pasachoff 28). Bell demonstrated his compassion by taking extra steps in
teaching George. He went beyond what a standard teacher would do, placing
great value on their individual needs. Another student of his, Helen
Keller, sent a letter to Bell after a speech in New York: "I [Helen
Keller] did not realize how difficult it would be for you to come and help me
out at the meeting, especially when you had not the time to read the speech or
rehearse with me" (Keller). Bell exhibited continued compassion for
his students by assisting Helen Keller with a speech. Most teachers would
need more time to prepare than what Keller had given, but Bell went anyway for
the sake of his student. Bell's students were important, and nothing
could keep him from devoting his life to them. To Bell, his students were a
major focus of his life, as they required substantial care and assistance.
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supported him was his intellect which provided the means to help his
students. Bell's intelligence paved the way to many jobs where he met
students who needed his care. Not only did he: "... [open] his own
school in Boston for training teachers of the deaf" (World of Invention)
he taught: "...at Sarah Fuller's School for the Deaf, the first school of
its kind and also tutored students privately" (Encyclopedia of World
Biography). Bell inspires me because he contributed to the deaf and blind
community and showed a passion for what he did and those who seemed less
fortunate. As people travel through life they often settle in a job they
do not love. Teenagers should look up from their cell phones, aspire to
achieve their own dreams and not be guided by the wakes of others who passed
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