Who Was Confucius? (Who Was?)
Learn more about China's most famous teacher andphilosopher, whose ideas are still influentialtoday.Born in 551 BC, Confucius was a young man when he set his heartand mind on learning as much as he could. By his thirties, he'dbecome a brilliant teacher who shared his knowledge of severalsubjects, including arithmetic, history, and poetry, with hisstudents. Confucius wanted to make sure that everyone in China hadaccess to an education and devoted his whole life to learning andteaching so he could transform and improve society.His lessons—now known as Confucianism—are practiced by over sixmillion people in the world. They focus on loving humanity,worshiping ancestors, respecting elders, and self-discipline.Confucianism has become the system that governs a total way of lifein East Asia.