By Maria Montessori

Maria Montessori's educational philosophy is set out in this book which is considered her seminal work. Drawing on the work of the greatest minds of her time she presents a vision of the young child not as helpless and needy, but as a powerful being who from the moment of birth has the limitless potential for the construction of a harmonious adult. This book is not only important to students of Montessori work but also to all those who take an interest in human development and its implications for a better future for all of humanity. The vision presented in these pages reiterates her optimistic vision of a caring society in which freedom and responsibility play an equal role.