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Anne Roe

  • ... a good part of the trick to being a first-rate scientist is in asking the right questions or asking them in ways that make it possible to find answers.

  • All children are curious, I think, but not all adults are.

  • It is no easy matter to so design teaching in general that individual thinking is encouraged. ... there are so many things that must be learned by rote (multiplication tables, reading, spelling) that the atmosphere becomes overwhelmingly one of accepting what is in the book and giving it back unchanged. This carries over strongly to subjects of other sorts, where rote learning actually is not essential, and where it would often be a good idea if the children have an attitude of 'it ain't necessarily so' just because the teacher or the book said so. ... the multiplication tables, the forms of spelling, are all conventions, designed for great convenience in manipulating and conveying ideas, and they should be taught as such, not as basic truths, but I wonder if they ever are.

  • It is a very rare church indeed that encourages its members to think for themselves in religious matters, or even tolerates this, and in most of them the clergy are quite ready to lay down the law in other fields too.

  • ... so long as you believe that man is essentially evil in nature, and a more vicious doctrine was never promulgated, it follows that he is often going to need to have his ears slapped back, and who should do this but the clergy?

  • Freedom, like charity, begins at home.

  • Freedom breeds freedom. Nothing else does.

Anne Roe, U.S. psychologist, educator, writer

(1904 - 1991)