Anne Sullivan


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Johanna "Anne" Mansfield Sullivan Macy (April 14, 1866 – October 20, 1936), best known as Anne Sullivan, was an Irish-American teacher best known as the instructor and companion of Helen Keller.

Anne Sullivan graduated from Perkins School for the Blind in 1886 when she was 20 years old as the Valedictorian of her class.

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  • ''I am beginning to suspect all elaborate and special systems of education. They seem to me to be built up on the supposition that every child is a kind of idiot who must be taught to think.''
    Anne Sullivan (1866-1936), U.S. educator of the deaf and blind. Letter, May 8, 1887. published in Helen Keller, The Story of My Life, pt. 3, ch. 3 (19...
  • ''I have thought about it a great deal, and the more I think, the more certain I am that obedience is the gateway through which knowledge, yes, and love, too, enter the mind of the child.''
    Anne Sullivan (1866-1936), U.S. educator of deaf and blind. Letter, March 11, 1887. published in Helen Keller, The Story of My Life, pt. 3, ch. 3 (190...
  • ''People seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.''
    Anne Sullivan (1866-1936), U.S. educator of the deaf and blind. letter, Oct. 30, 1887. Quoted in Helen Keller, The Story of My Life (1903). Of tea...
  • ''Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.''
    Anne Sullivan, U.S. educator of the deaf and blind. The Last Word, ed. Carolyn Warner, ch. 16 (1992).
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