The individual human life, fully lived, is an end in itself.

Montessorium articulates a philosophy of education that explores this idea and its implications.

Montessorium, Higher Ground's think tank, is aimed at understanding human potential through the lens of its underpinnings: knowledge, work, agency, and humanism.

What is Montessorium?

Montessorium crystalizes and encapsulates the philosophy of Higher Ground Education.

Higher Ground is a growing network of Montessori schools, trainings, and services. Montessorium is the think tank of that network. It is a research project, premised on diving deep into the philosophy of Montessori and offering it a fresh articulation.

Our core principles are:

  • A humanities approach to defining our core principles: history and philosophy are unapologetically at the foundation
  • An uncompromised centering of the individual agency of the child
  • A commitment to transcending the false alternatives between more classical and more progressive educational approaches
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Core Philosophy

It's not the 'Montessori' Method– It's the Child's

Montessori asserted that what could be called a ‘method’ was no a priori idea of hers. She emphasized that, in reality, this ‘method’ was the discovery of the children themselves.


The Persona of an Educator

An exploration of the separation between education and advocacy—why there is a need to keep them separated, what it means to do so, and why doing so is challenging.

Core Philosophy

Knowledge as an Achievement

Montessori, unlike the centuries of educational tradition before her, did not view knowledge as a lump sum that can be gifted wholesale to a child, filling his mind as one would fill an empty vessel. Neither did she view knowledge as an experiential grab-bag, a disparate and disconnected assortment of facts and skills that can be learned (or not!) at random. Instead, for Montessori, knowledge is an achievement. It’s an effortful process that can be accelerated and whose product can be amplified by following a specific path.

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