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
A Better Future for Phonics
‘Sold a Story’ is the latest salvo from the front lines of these wars. In this short podcast series, journalist Emily Hanford contends that the evidence is clear: phonics is the effective approach for teaching children literacy.
Although this recent case for phonics may seem to vindicate phonics advocates and portend an end to the wars and a better future for literacy education, it carries within it the seeds of its own destruction.
The History of Education
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.
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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The History of Education
There is no why or wherefore without whence. An ongoing project to understand the history of education, particularly its intellectual history: pedagogy, philosophy, and ideological patterns and arguments across the timeline.
Frederick Douglass on EducationJune 24, 2021
Tutelage in Greek CultureJanuary 11, 2022
The Organization of Ancient Education: Part IBrowse The History of Education articles
Agency and Identity
Identity without identity politics. An educational approach to identity from a perspective of agency. Drawing on Montessori herself, we define a sense of identity primarily grounded in meaningful work and our common humanity.
The Persona of an EducatorJuly 18, 2021
Everything is for EveryoneDecember 1, 2020
Higher Ground’s Approach to IdentityBrowse Agency and Identity articles
The Pedagogy of Progress
The story of material progress plays a central role in education. It explains the modern world, illustrates the potential for human progress more broadly, and offers countless exemplars of thought, work, and heroism.
Human Achievement and Human DevelopmentAugust 23, 2021
We Need a New Philosophy of ProgressJuly 12, 2021
A Golden Age for Investigating ProgressBrowse The Pedagogy of Progress articles
Montessori in the Digital Age
Montessori, traditionally considered a deliberately low-tech approach to learning, is in fact the pedagogy most suited for the digital age. This project envisions a future of technology-enabled learning—done right, drawing on Montessori principles.