Human Tendencies (Montessori)

by 01 Aug 2023Glossary

Human Tendencies (Montessori)

A key principle in Montessori philosophy, Human Tendencies refers to certain predispositions that are considered universal across human beings, irrespective of age, culture, or race.[1] These tendencies have been present since the beginning of the human species and are believed to have an evolutionary origin. Mario Montessori referred to the importance of these tendencies when he stated, “Montessori stresses the need to serve those special traits that have proved to be tendencies of Man throughout his history.”[2]


Montessori Quotes

  • “We then become witnesses to the development of the human soul; the emergence of the New Man, who will no longer be the victim of events but, thanks to his clarity of vision, will become able to direct and to mould the future of mankind.”[3]
  • “The child has a mind able to absorb knowledge. He has the power to teach himself.”[4]