A little more from A Montessori Mother:
"...Human beings reach their highest development only when for the growth of their individuality they have the utmost possible liberty which can be granted them without interfering with the rights of others...
"Once again, for the thousandth time, people needed to be reminded that the reign of the tyrant who imposes laws on human souls from the outside (even though that tyrant intends nothing but the best for his subjects and be called 'teacher'), produces smothered rebellion, or apathy, or broken submissiveness, but never energetic, forward progress."
"This reverence for the child's personality, this supreme faith that liberty of action is not only safe to give children, but is the prerequisite of their growth, is the rock on which the edifice of her system is being raised....and, as for the amount of information acquired unconsciously and painlessly by those babies, it is one of the fairy-stories of modern times."
Art credit: Children Playing by Johann von Bremen
The Well-Educated Mother's Heart