Cultural Writing. Anarchism. Education. Translated from the Spanish by Joseph McCabe. One hundred years after his death, Factory School is proud to publish Francisco Ferrer's THE ORIGIN AND IDEALS OF THE MODERN SCHOOL. Ferrer's rationalist school for children established the pedagogical basis for dozens of Modern Schools in the years after his martyrdom and remains a vital source of inspiration in the struggle against official superstitions. "I would rather have the free spontaneity of a child who knows nothing than the verbal knowledge and intellectual deformation of one that has experienced the existing system of education"--Francisco Ferrer.