150 THE DISCOVERY OF THE CHILD with the material world. He is awake and his connections with the outside world are innumerable and unbroken. His need? instead, is to bring order into the chaos which is created in his mind by the multitude of sensations which the world has given him. He is not asleep in life like the deficient child; he is an ardent explorer in a world which is new to him, and like an explorer, what he needs is a road (that is, something limited and direct) which may lead him to his objective and save him from the wearying deviations which hinder his progress. Then he is passionately attached to those things, limited and direct in their scope, which bring order into the chaos accumulated within him. They set up conditions of clarity in his exploring mind and furnish him with a guide in his exploring operations. The explorer, at first aban- doned to himself, becomes then an enlightened man, who at every step, makes new discoveries and advances with the strength which is given by inward satisfaction. How this experience ought to modify the conception still held by many that the child is helped in proportion to the quantity of educational objects which can be placed at his disposal! We all believe wrongly that the child who has the most toys, who gets the most help, ought to be the best developed. Instead of that, the confused multitude of things raises new chaos in his mind, and oppresses him with discouragement. The limits to the aids which enable the child to reduce his mind to order, and to make It easy for him to understand the infinite number of things which surround him, are represented by the maximum necessity for economizing his energy and for enabling him to advance along the difficult way of development.