Ep. 1 — Dr. Matt Bateman, Higher Ground Education

Published: Jul 21 2020

In the first episode of The Torch of Progress, we sit down with Dr. Matt Bateman of Higher Ground Education to discuss Montessori education and its connections to our Progress Studies course.

Key Take-Aways:

* What is Progress Studies?

* How does it relate to Montessori?

* Introduction to Progress Studies for Young Scholars Course

Guest Speaker

Dr. Bateman earned his bachelor’s degree from Sarah Lawrence College in 2004. While there, he worked in their Child Development Center researching the nature of early personality development in children. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in Philosophy in 2012 from the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied the history of thought in philosophy and psychology, as well as conducting research in cognitive science. 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. Dr. Bateman left his academic position in 2014 to join LePort Schools as its Director of Curriculum and Pedagogy. There, he oversaw research and development of the school’s approach to education. In 2016, Dr. Bateman became a founding member of Higher Ground as the Director of Content, where he is responsible for intellectual and pedagogical oversight across the organization.


Progress Studies for Young Scholars: https://progressstudies.school/

The Academy of Thought and Industry: https://thoughtandindustry.com

The Roots of Progress Blog: https://rootsofprogress.org/

Higher Ground Education: https://tohigherground.org

Guidepost Montessori: https://guidepostmontessori.com