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
Montessori believed she uncovered the natural laws governing a child’s development and discovered that he had mental needs from birth. Based on these discoveries, it was clear to Montessori that the traditional ways of interacting with children, educating them, and rearing them were tragically inadequate. It was time to re-think childhood, education, and parenting. It was time to articulate a new philosophy.
The History of Education
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.
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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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.