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1896 - 1980; Swiss development psychologist and biologist

The principle goal of education is to create men who are capable of doing new things, not
simply of repeating what other generations have done - men who are creative, and inventive.
Jean Piaget

What we see changes what we know. What we know changes what we see.
Jean Piaget

If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that
characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society.
Jean Piaget

Intelligence is what you use when you don't know what to do.
Jean Piaget

Children have real understanding only of that which they invent themselves, and each time
that we try to teach them something too quickly, we keep them from reinventing it
themselves.
Jean Piaget

For me, education means making creators... You have to make inventors, innovators, not
conformists.
Jean Piaget

Every observer has noted that the younger the child, the less sense he has of his own ego.
Jean Piaget

We shall see eventually that cooperation between equals not only brings about a gradual
change in the child's practical attitude, but that it also does away with the mystical feeling
towards authority.
Jean Piaget

The essential functions of the mind consist in understanding and in inventing, in other words,
in building up structures by structuring reality.
Jean Piaget

Play is the answer to how anything new comes about.
Jean Piaget