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July 5, 2022Podcast

E26: The Tumultuous History of Active Learning: A conversation with Martin Bickman

This week, we are joined by Professor Martin Bickman of the University of Colorado Boulder to discuss the American tradition of "active learning" and its relationship to John Dewey and the Transcendentalist movement.

June 17, 2022Podcast

E25: The Microschool Revolution: A conversation with Josh and Kirk Umbehr

Join us for a conversation with Kirk and Josh Umbehr of, a microschool management platform. We discuss's unique model—and also why structural innovation is on the critical path for education reform.

June 16, 2022Core PhilosophyFeatured Essay

Benevolence Without Compromise

A core benevolence is a foundational pillar of good character. It underwrites all thought, all action, all relationships. It’s the ultimate “secure attachment”.

This is what school shootings threaten.

May 25, 2022Podcast

E23: Homeschooling: A conversation with Ryan Delk of Primer

Homeschooling is on the rise. And it’s not just disaffection from the status quo; it’s an enabler of better pedagogy. This week, we were joined by Ryan Delk, CEO and Co-Founder of Primer, an exciting ed-tech company that connects students through interest-based clubs and microschools.

May 17, 2022Podcast

E22: Montessori Education for Military Families: A conversation with Telisha Thomas and Sam Sharp

Telisha Thomas and Sam Sharp of Higher Ground Education join Matt Bateman to discuss the exciting work they're doing to bring Montessori education to military families in the United States.

May 12, 2022HistoryFeatured Essay

Plato's Allegory of the Cave: Part III

In this, the third part of our discussion of Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, we will see the character of Socrates discuss how and why those who have ascended to daylight and seen the sun will return to the darkness of the cave and its prisoners.

May 5, 2022Podcast

E21: Web3 and Education: A conversation with David Doswell and Arnaud Schenk

David Doswell and Arnaud Schenk join us for a discussion of the potentials and pitfalls for educators thinking about the blockchain-enabled internet.

May 4, 2022History

The Legacy of the “Sectional Conflict” in American Education

This piece provides evidence for a dynamic to which I have alluded in other pieces: the hostility many white southerners felt towards the New England tradition, the only well-developed educational tradition in American education at the time, and the problems this posed for the reformers who built the modern public school system.