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

The Child's Self-Created Mind

Based on her astute observations of children, Montessori concluded that children had a mind and a mental life from birth. This meant that, to her, education was proper and necessary for infants and young children. Yet, it was clear that education for infants and toddlers could not function in the same way as education for older children and adults. Their unique minds demanded a rethinking of education.


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

A Pedagogy of Gratitude

Harvest celebrations, such as America’s Thanksgiving are often linked to appreciation. In the home, it’s a time to appreciate our families, loved ones, and the meals we make and enjoy together. Montessori didn’t say anything about harvest traditions, but she said a lot about giving thanks in the classroom.

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