Category: Journal

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 »

The Goals of Montessori Education

Ray Girn, CEO of Higher Ground Education, sits down to answer a fundamental question. “How are the goals of Montessori education different from traditional expectations of education?”

Creating a Child’s World

It’s common to recognize that young children are highly perceptive and unusually sensitive to their surroundings. Montessori agreed, and took this a step further: she believed that children take their early experiences and use them to build the very foundations of their minds. If the child finds herself in a world of beauty and order,… Read more »

New Higher Ground Website

With this new version of the website, we really wanted to focus on telling the stories of our amazing ventures and the incredible team that is assembled together to change education in our lifetime. To get us started, we discovered a remarkable video of Maria Montessori. For many of us, it was the first time… Read more »

Meet Polis Montessori World School

Raising Children of the World An Education for Students Ages 2 to 11 Today’s world is flush with global opportunities. It is a playground of innovation, culture, and connection for those with the right skills and mindset. The person who can focus, self-regulate, and problem-solve—that has the foundation to understand herself and to recognize and… Read more »

Our Culture in Quotes

Find a way or make one. -Hannibal Transformative change in education demands vision, but it demands much more than just vision. It demands also exceptional execution: the discipline to direct unbounded creativity towards the most minute implementation challenges, the all-consuming focus on practical details, and the endurance to engage in constant, unremitting, outcomes-driven iteration. Transformative change in… Read more »

Interview with Matt Bateman

We sit down with Matt Bateman, the Vice President of Content at Higher Ground Education, to discuss the state of modern education and the role he hopes Montessori principles will play in reshaping it.

Interview with Michael Strong

We sit down with Michael Strong, the Founder and Head of the Academy of Thought and Industry, to discuss the state of modern education and the role he hopes Montessori principles will play in reshaping it.

What is Higher Ground International?

Our Mission & Vision Around the world, across decades, enterprising Montessorians have built thousands of schools and educated countless children—often in the face of immense and varying challenges, fueled by nothing but the conviction that something better is better for children. Higher Ground International seeks to help bring together and empower the international Montessori community,… Read more »