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Mary P. FollettCreating Democracy, Transforming Management$
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Joan C. Tonn

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300096217

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300096217.001.0001

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“An Eager, Fearless Mind”

“An Eager, Fearless Mind”

(p.16) 3 “An Eager, Fearless Mind”
Mary P. Follett

Joan C. Tonn

Yale University Press

The unpredictability of her father's behavior due to alcoholism forced Mary P. Follett to grow up quickly and to have little contact with other children until adolescence. She also showed an early resolve to take control of her own life by excelling in school. The intelligence that Mary demonstrated early in her education was a great source of pride to her father. As a four-year-old Mary probably began her education at the Greenleaf Street School in Quincy, Massachusetts. She also studied at the Thayer Academy, where one of her teachers, Anna Boynton Thompson, nurtured her analytical skills. Mary wrote three essays during her time at Thayer, the first of which she presented to the public during the 1883 Founder's Day celebration. A second essay analyzed the work of the late eighteenth-century English poet William Cowper, while the third suggested Mary's early fascination with psychology.

Keywords:   education, Mary P. Follett, Greenleaf Street School, Quincy, Massachusetts, Thayer Academy, Anna Boynton Thompson, essays, William Cowper, psychology

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