SXSWedu Day 3 update
Today was the first day to let up on the pedal and relax a bit. The first two days seemed like rushing from one talk to the next and just getting the lay of the land. There were fewer must see sessions today, so I don’t feel as guilty kicking back and just taking it in. One of the best sessions of the conference, however, was this morning on self-directed education for kids. On the 4 person panel were two of the brightest young minds in education today, both of whom are under 21. For all the academics, corporate behemoths, and policy wonks here, I’ve found the voices of these kids the most compelling on directions to take to make learning a vital joyous force with our children going forward. Too often we discount younger voices and what they bring to the table.
A broader observation: I’m one of the only “parent activists” here and realize the parent voice is often missing from conferences like these. It takes collaboration among many stakeholders and advocacy groups to turn the tide for change and my hope is that true progressive groups can take that message to heart, because certainly neo-liberal groups are doing this already.
On the docket for this evening: a new documentary highlighting 4 teachers called Teach, another “secret” film screening, and parties hosted by Samsung and by the Canadian government (free poutine for the latter, btw). Just trying to relax and enjoy the remaining time in Austin, where it’s still waayyy to cold.