The Formation of Man

By Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori closely examines the prejudices in society which ignores the child whom she saw as the agent of change.  In this book, first translated by A.M. Joosten and published in 1955, she presents an argument for redefining education to support the natural development of the child, particularly in the early years.  Her wide-ranging interests are evident on every page in her descriptions of these issues, as she makes philosophical and historical links in her passionate plea to society to recognise the child's powers and potential and to bring them to fruition.  If nurtured and understood in the human environment, the child's journey to reading and writing and all other human acquisitions will form the base of human society.