Westbank Libraries’ Education Conversations touches upon topics in education, with an emphasis on the psychology that should inform how we approach education. Participants engage in lively discussions on the topic, and we encourage educators and parents to attend to offer multiple perspectives and voices. This program, which focuses on K-12 education, offers a speaker series on the second Thursday of each month and a book club on the last Thursday of each month (with some exceptions for holidays). Occasional documentary screenings will be announced. All events are at Laura’s Library at 6pm. The group is facilitated by Antonio Buehler, founder of Abrome.
The following are the book club titles 2020:
- Jan 30: The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers by Maxwell King
- Feb 27: A Jane Austen Education: How Six Novels Taught Me About Love, Friendship, and the Things That Really Matter by William Deresiewicz
- Mar 26: Hacking School Discipline: 9 Ways to Create a Culture of Empathy and Responsibility Using Restorative Justice by Nathan Maynard
- Apr 30: Raising a Screen-Smart Kid: Embrace the Good and Avoid the Bad in the Digital Age by Julianna Miner
- May 28: Learning in Depth: A Simple Innovation That Can Transform Schooling by Kieran Egan
- Jun 25: The Years That Matter Most: How College Makes or Breaks Us by Paul Tough
- Jul 30: Education and the Significance of Life by Jiddu Krishnamurti
Antonio Buehler founded Abrome to fundamentally change the way the world views education. He wants society to reject the notion that education should be a standardized product in which children are expected to be passive recipients of instruction that is chosen and delivered by adults. Antonio wants learners to be able to direct their own education so they can live rich, fulfilling lives. He believes that by providing learners with the opportunity to take full ownership of their education, Abrome will help save millions of lives, and in the process change the world.
Antonio earned a B.S. in Systems Engineering from the United States Military Academy, an M.B.A. from Stanford University, and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.