Author: Angela Tewalt

Meet Erin Hennigan: Montessori a right fit from the beginning

Years ago, Erin Hennigan was a three-year-old boy, working joyfully in a Montessori classroom. He would engage thoughtfully with the materials, solve conflict peacefully with his peers and believe fully in his capabilities — within the environment and beyond. He remained in a Montessori setting through sixth grade, at which point he entered into more… Read more »

Meet Divij Munjal: Enthusiasm for life sustains the work

At Higher Ground Education, businessman Divij Munjal maximizes his efforts — every day, all the time, “as much as possible.”  He’s new to the organization, but his heart is settled. There is an evident zest for the work that feels established, ingrained, and intuitive.  “I’m very fast-paced,” he says. “It’s in my genes, since I… Read more »

The American Experiment as a Prepared Environment

“Ye that love mankind!” implored Thomas Paine in 1776, “receive the fugitive and prepare in time an asylum for mankind.”  In Paine’s view, the cause animating the American resistance could be extended to all people everywhere. Seeing the rejection of freedom across the world, he longed to welcome the global oppressed to American shores. But… Read more »

Fundamental Barriers to Education Reform

Venture capitalist Paul Graham and others often talk about how winning, world-changing ideas seem obvious in retrospect. We see this also on a historical grand scale: The industrial revolution made the value of science obvious in a way that would have been unimaginable a few hundred years before. In education, there are three transformative ideas… Read more »