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Work in Education: A Peculiar History

Written by Dr. Matt Bateman on June 26, 2021

Dr. Matt Bateman at the Discovering the Child Global Conference, June 2021

Presenting at the Discovering the Child Global Conference in June 2021, Dr. Matt Bateman surveys how work—vocational, practical, productive work—has been thought ot fit into education. For most of history, it's either been deliberately excluded, as from the classical liberal arts, or that it's been focused on separately and specifically, as in vocational training.

Among Maria Montessori's most powerful contributions to educational theory was to recognize the role of a general educaiton in creating a character disposed to having an authentic, loving, non-alienated relationship to work.

Work in Education: A Peculiar History
Work in Education: A Peculiar History, by Matt Bateman

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.