Episode 37

#37 - Montessori Education w/ Matt Bateman


February 16th, 2022

1 hr 21 mins 46 secs

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About this Episode

We're joined today by Matt Bateman, one of the founders of Higher Ground Education, to discuss the Montessori method of education and how it compares to other teaching methodologies. Get ready for tiny furniture, putting on your jacket upside down, and teaching your toddler to make eggs benedict. We discuss:

  • Maria Montessori
  • What is a Montessori education (besides tiny furniture)?
  • How Montessori classrooms differ from regular ones
  • Why long periods of interrupted problem solving is important for a child's development
  • How Montessori integrates with technology
  • Drawbacks of traditional methods of testing and grading, and how they might be amended
  • The importance of cultivating a love of work
  • How Matt wants to reform high school education


Matt is one of the founders of Higher Ground Education, a worldwide Montessori network. He runs Montessorium, Higher Ground’s think tank. He holds a PhD in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania, where he focused on the philosophy of science. Make sure to follow him on twitter for some golden education nuggets


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