Taken from the book "Freedom to Learn" by Carl Rogers.

Unassuming in appearance and casual in dress, Carl frequently astounded people with his ability to listen.
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Above all, he valued the worth and dignity of the individual and trusted their capacity for self direction if given the proper environment.
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All individuals have within themselves the ability to guide their own lives in a manner that is both personally satisfying and socially constructive. In a particular type of helping relationship, we free ... the individual to find their inner wisdom and confidence, and they will make increasingly healthier and more constructive choices.
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Our educational system is failing to meet the real needs of society. Our schools constitute the most traditional, conservative, rigid, bureaucratic institution of our time. It is the institution most resistant to change.
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It is their curiosity, their eagerness to learn, and their ability to make difficult complex choices that will decide the future of our world. We need the help of all of our young - the desparing, alienated youth of the inner city; the aimless, affluent youth; the serious, thoughtful children; the whole great mass of our young people - if we are to preserve this fragile planet and build a future world worthy of whole persons.