The authors of Montessori from the Start, Paula Polk Lillard & Lynn Lillard Jessen, share their interpretation of Dr. Maria Montessori’s formula for “best” meeting the needs of the young child. They write, “In Montessori education, we focus… on the development of the will as the positive force that enables us to learn from our environment and society and to make a contribution to them” (24). They go so far as to say that “all human invention,” “the ability to alter the world,” and “the root of human progress” rely on the child’s development of “concentration and control of attention” (24). If taken literally, it would seem that the authors believe that development of these characteristics is absolutely critical to the success of our species. Thoughts?