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 2019:
- Jan 31: The Self-Driven Child by William R. Stixrud & Ned Johnson
- Feb 28: Educated by Tara Westover
- Mar 28: How Children Succeed by Paul Tough
- Apr 25: The Creativity Challenge by Kyung-Hee Kim
- May 30: Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn
- Jun 27: Nurture Shock by Po Bronson & Ashley Merryman
- Jul 25: Small Animals by Kim Brooks
- Aug 29: Lifelong Kindergarten by Mitchel Resnick
- Sep 26: Troublemakers by Carla Shalaby
- Oct 24: Mindset by Carol Dweck
- Nov 21: Opening Minds by Peter H. Johnston
- Dec 19: Teacher Liberation Handbook by Joel Hammon
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.