From ‘generation to generation’

‘Observing children who are healthy, tranquil, innocent, sensitive, full of love and joy, ready to help

others –

I am forced to reflect upon the amount of human energy wasted because of an ancient error

and great sin that disseminated injustice to the very roots of mankind. It is the adult who produces in

the child, his incapacities, his confusion, and his rebellion. It is the adult who shatters the character

of the child and deprives it of its vital impulses. And more than that it is the adult who affects to

correct the errors, the psychological deviations, and the lapses in character that he himself has

produced in the child. So we find ourselves in a labyrinth without an exit.


Until the adults consciously face their errors and correct them, they will find themselves in a forest of

insoluble problems. And children, becoming in their turn adults, will be victims of the same error,

transmitting, it from generation to generation.’


‘the first step in the integral resolution of the problem of education must not, therefore, be taken toward the child, but toward the adult educator. He must

change his moral attitudes. He must divest himself of many preconceptions.’


Maria Montessori ‘The Child in the Family’


‘With the support of the prepared adult, the child with his unlimited possibilities can be the

transformer of humanity, just as he is its creator. The child brings us great hope and a new vision.’


Montessori, Maria. (1949) The Absorbent Mind Clio Press Oxford England 1988 page 60


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