E18: Public School: A Conversation with Kmele Foster and Dr. Gregory Salmieri

Written by Dr. Matt Bateman on March 7, 2022

Kmele Foster and Dr. Gregory Salmieri join Matt Bateman for a critical discussion of public school. Is it compatible with free speech? With parental custodianship? Do we need it for cultural unity? How should we evaluate school choice proposals?

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Kmele is the co-founder of Freethink Media, and co-host of The Fifth Column, a libertarian podcast that covers political and social issues. You can find Kmele on Twitter, @kmele.

Dr. Salmieri is a senior scholar of philosophy in the Salem Center at the University of Texas, Austin. He holds the Brigham Fellowship for the Study of Objectivism and is director of the Center’s Program for Objectivity in Thought, Action, and Enterprise. Dr. Salmieri is the co-editor of "A Companion to Ayn Rand" and "Foundations of a Free Society".

Dr. Salmieri and Kmele are both contributors to Montessorium's "Agency and Identity" initiative.

Dr. Matt Bateman

Dr. Matt Bateman earned his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania. He taught and continued his research at Franklin and Marshall College in the Department of Psychology, on topics ranging from neuroscience to evolutionary theory to philosophy, before joining the LePort Schools as Director of Curriculum and Pedagogy in 2014.

In 2016, Dr. Matt Bateman became a founding member of Higher Ground Education. He is now Vice President of Pedagogy for Higher Ground and the Executive Director of Montessorium.