Knowledge Is Power
Education reform is an afterthought to many politicians, which has prompted some people, like Maggie Duval of Austin, to take matters into their own hands. This weekend, Duval and her colleagues—part of a collective who were the hosts of the popular “Showdown at Unobtainium: Tesla vs. Edison” event in 2012—will present STEAM3, a two-day conference with a futuristic approach to learning and teaching. The idea for the conference was planted long ago, in conversations Duval had with her mother, who offered her daughter alternative learning opportunities. “We often discussed a future world in which education would support each individual child’s needs and passions,” Duval said in an email, “one that addresses the ‘whole child’ and builds the curriculum around him or her, versus one-size-fits-the-average, top-down model, which is an archaic throwback to a more Victorian ‘reward and punishment model’ and certainly doesn’t inspire innovative thinking.” The conference will have an interactive playground and will focus on topics like the gamification of learning, digital storytelling, and what the educators call massive open online courses, or MOOCs.
The University of Texas J.J. Pickle Research Campus, March 1–2, steam3.com
There are two ways to interpret Never Too Late to Go Vegan, the new book by the Dallas “feminist vegetarian” Carol J. Adams, who is best known for The Sexual Politics of Meat (1990), which Publishers Weekly called provocative and “a major contribution to the debate on animal rights.” One is the obvious message. The book’s