Aim in Education
Successful work in any field is accomplished by due respect to the nature of the object with which one is dealing - in common parlance, a study of the object. A chemist studies the elements of matter and from their properties he determines their nature. He does not invent or devise laws. An agriculturist does not say, "I am going to plant corn in the northeastern section of my farm.” He studies the quality of the soil of that particular field; if it is suitable for the production of corn, he plants. In order to raise corn, or any other farm product, he studies the qualities of that which is required for its production; he studies the object - the soil. All nature is governed by laws. Learning goes on in accordance with the laws of life. The Teacher, in order to be successful, must know the basic laws of child learning. These laws are ascertained by a study of the child- soul and body. Certain sciences - psychology, physiology, logic, ethics, theology - tell us much about human nature. Both dogmatic and moral theology help the teacher because they contain truths concerning human nature which could not be proved by reason alone.
Donovan, Sister Mary Maratha, "Aim in Education" (1928). ETD Collection for Fordham University. AAI30557789.