Within the child lies the fate of the future.
Do not erase the designs the child makes in the soft wax of his inner life.
Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.
To stimulate life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself–that is the first duty of the educator.
Respect all the reasonable forms of activity in which the child engages and try to understand them.
The things he sees are not just remembered; they form a part of his soul.
The environment must be rich in motives which lend interest to activity and invite the child to conduct his own experiences.
Only through freedom and environmental experience is it practically possible for human development to occur.