Philosophy of Education: A Montessorium Podcast
Each week, Dr. Matt Bateman jumps online to host live conversations with today's most interesting minds in education. These events are open to the public, so please follow @mbateman on Twitter to be notified when we go live!
Stay caught up by checking back here each week for new episodes and subscribing on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.
E34: Parents as Customers: A conversation with Debra Ross
In education, how should we conceive of the parent as a customer? This week, join us for a discussion with Deb Ross, founder of KidsOutAndAbout.com, as we dig into questions of parenting, choice, and what parents really want from their schools.
E33: Learning from a Mentor: A conversation with Audrey Wisch
Mentoring is the oldest model of education, but it is uncommon today. Why is so effective? Why is it now rare? Why does it still matter? Join us for a discussion with Audrey Wisch of Curious Cardinals.
E32: Independence Through Risk: A Conversation with Lenore Skenazy
Join us for a chat with Lenore Skenazy, of Free Range Kids and Let Grow, about raising independent children—why it’s so important, why it’s so hard for parents and educators to get right, and how to do it.
E31: Educating for Virtue: A conversation with Jeremy Tate
Join us for a conversation with Jeremy Tate, creator of the Classic Learning Test. Motivated by a desire to reconnect knowledge and virtue, the CLT is an alternative to the traditional American SAT and ACT college entrance exams. Listen to hear more about the origins of standardized college exams in the U.S., the pedagogy behind the CLT, and where virtue fits in.
E30: Rethinking Pedagogy, Online: A conversation with Garrett Smiley and Jeffrey Imrich
What pedagogy plays well with virtual and tech-enabled education? Discovery-based? Project-based? Both? Neither? Join us for a lively discussion with Garrett Smiley of Sora Schools, and Jeffrey Imrich of Rock by Rock.
E29: Merging High School, College, and Work: A conversation with Ivan Cestero
One big idea in secondary and post-secondary education: collapse everything together. Join us for a discussion with Ivan Cestero of Portal Schools, on making high school a comprehensive bridge to adulthood.
E28: Innovation, Progress, and Education: A conversation with Rohit Krishnan
We are joined by software and fin-tech investor Rohit Krishnan for a sweeping discussion of big patterns around progress and innovation, and how these present both opportunities and challenges for educators today.
E27: Web3 in Education: A conversation with Vriti Saraf
Should educators care about blockchain? What does web3 actually help solve for in education? How does it relate to other trends in education?
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.
E25: The Microschool Revolution: A conversation with Josh and Kirk Umbehr
Join us for a conversation with Kirk and Josh Umbehr of a.school, a microschool management platform. We discuss a.school's unique model—and also why structural innovation is on the critical path for education reform.
E24: Concentration and Character Development: A conversation with Rebecca Girn
Join us for a discussion with Rebecca Girn, Chief Programs Officer of Higher Ground Education, about the process Montessori called “normalization”: centering one’s developing self with concentration and work.
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.
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.
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.
E20: New Frontiers in Education: A conversation with Joseph Connor
Education has experienced two decades worth of change in the last two years. Joseph Connor joins us to help bring order to the chaos, to glimpse the present clearly enough to see the future.
Special Episode: The Life of Maria Montessori: A conversation with Cristina De Stefano
In this special episode, Cristina De Stefano joins us to discuss her new biography of Dr. Maria Montessori, The Child is the Teacher. Listen to hear about what drew Cristina to investigate the life of this fascinating, accomplished, and complicated woman.
E19: Truth, the Good Life, the University of Austin: A conversation with Pano Kanelos
Join us for a conversation with Pano Kanelos, founder of the new University of Austin, about his philosophy of higher education. What is the job of the university? How do most universities go wrong? How will UATX fix it?
E18: Public School: A Conversation with Kmele Foster and Dr. Gregory Salmieri
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?
E17: Accessing the Arts: A conversation with Luc Travers
Art historian and educator Luc Travers joins us this week to talk about his book, Touching the Art, a tour of five incredible artworks mean to show you ways to experience meaningful and emotionally powerful encounters with the visual arts.
E16: The Pedagogy of Video: A conversation with Sarah Miller
This week, we have the pleasure of speaking with Sarah Miller, Program Manager at Edpuzzle about video content in education. What makes video such a unique and special tool? How do we fully leverage this amazing resource? What can we do with video that we can't do with anything else?
E15: Should There Be Less Education? A conversation with Bryan Caplan
This week, Byran Caplan, author of The Case Against Education and Selfish Reasons to Have More Kids, joins us to discuss the causes of bloat in education, and why we might be better off with less of it.
E14: The Future of Education: A conversation with Yusuf Ahmad
What will education look like in a century? Piecemeal and unbundled, or integrated? Eaten by tech—and how, if so? Where is pedagogy headed? EC? K12? College? This week, we are joined by Yusuf Ahmad, researcher, developer, and member of the Lifelong Kindergarten group, to discuss the future of education.
E13: Discussing Discussions: A conversation with Bobby McDonald
This week, we are joined by Bobby McDonald, founder of Parlay Ideas, to talk about what makes classroom discussions difficult and how to overcome these challenges.
E11: Education in Antiquity Pt. 2: A conversation with Dr. Jason Rheins
Dr. Jason Rheins, historian and philosopher, joins us to discuss ancient Greek education during the Socratic Era. Listen to learn about the ancient Greek approach to mathematics, moral edification's role in ancient education, and more.
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Dr. Rheins is a Montessorium Senior Research Fellow; you can find more of his work in our History of Education initiative.
E10: Becoming a Montessori Educator: A conversation with Louise Livingston
Louise Livingston, an AMI Montessori Trainer at the Maria Montessori Institute joins Ray Girn and Matt Bateman for a discussion about the distinct virtues and mindsets required to become a Montessori educator.
What is the role of the Montessori educator? How is it different from how we might conceive of a teacher and other approaches? What is technology's role in these questions?
E09: Doing Real Things: Opportunities in High School: A conversation with Staci Hill and Dr. Laura Mazer
Staci Hill and Dr. Laura Mazer join Matt Bateman to discuss the value of adolescents "doing something real" during their middle and high school years.
Special Episode: Rethinking DEI in Schools: Systemic vs. Personalized Approaches
In this special episode, Montessorium’s pedagogy and identity team shares their radical approach to DEI, one that centers around respect for individual agency and emphasizes direct, individualized interventions grounded in deep personal relationships.
E08: Education in the 19th Century: A conversation with Kerry Ellard
Montessorium Senior Research Fellow Kerry Ellard joins Matt Bateman to discuss education in the 19th century. Kerry Ellard writes pieces for the Montessorium History of Education Initiative, focusing on education in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Kerry regularly publishes on her blog, and you can find her on Twitter, @kerry62189.
E07: Higher Ground Education Q&A: A conversation with Matt Bateman, Ray Girn, and Joel Mendes
Ray Girn (@raygirn), CEO of Higher Ground Education, and Joel Mendes, Executive Director of The Prepared Montessorian Institute join Dr. Matt Bateman for a Q&A about Higher Ground Education.
E06: Ecological Psychology and Education: A conversation with Dr. Laura Shaw and Dr. Andrew D. Wilson
Dr. Andrew D. Wilson and Dr. Laura Flores Shaw join Dr. Matt Bateman to discuss ecological psychology as a framework for education.
E05: The Good Life for Adults: A conversation with Anna Gat
Dr. Matt Bateman discusses lifelong learning and communities of curiosity with Interintellect founder Anna Gát.
E04: Pedagogy of the Arts: A conversation with Fawaz Al-Matrouk
Film director Fawaz Al-Matrouk joins us this week to discuss his recent work with Higher Ground in art education for middle and high school students—which includes film, acting, sculpture, drawing, and more.
E03: Industrial Literacy: A conversation with Jason Crawford
Dr. Matt Bateman interviews Jason Crawford (@jasoncrawford), founder of the non-profit organization The Roots of Progress (@rootsofprogress), about industrial literacy and the pedagogy of progress.
E02: Philosophy of High School Math: A conversation with Violeta Kristof, Rivkah Schack, Laura Mazer, Joseph Perlman, and Steven Gaudino
Get an insider's look into an internal Higher Ground Education pedagogy meeting about surfacing major issues and questions in high school math, recorded for your listening! Our speakers are Dr. Matt Bateman, Violeta Kristof, Rivkah Schack, Laura Mazer, Joseph Perlman, and Steven Gaudino.
E01: Learning from Literature: A conversation with Lindsay Journo
Matt Bateman interviews educator and pedagogue Lindsay Journo about the unique and enduring value of literature in education. Lindsay is a founding member of Higher Ground Education and is currently The Prepared Montessorian Institute's Director of Training & Executive Program Developer.