Hackschooling makes me happy
Logan LaPlante was a 13 year old boy when he was invited to do a TedTalk. This video was interesting first of all because educators do not always get the chance to hear from young people and what they are feeling in their lives.
Logan based his talk on what the real answer from every kid should be when they are asked "What do you want to be when you grow up?". I had never stopped and thought about how important this question really is to a child and what it actually means to them. As adults when we ask a child this we want an answer like an astronaut, a doctor, an architect or a police officer because we want kids to lean towards something that will help them make a living. However, Logan says that want kids really want is to learn how to make a life. When he was asked that same question, his answer was "I just want to be healthy and happy." but that is not the answer we are expecting. In our schools we are so focused on teaching kids how to learn math and science to help them make a living when they grow up. Students are more focused on being happy and healthy and not being bullied by anyone at school. So why can't we change things in our classrooms so that our basis in teaching comes from teaching kids how to be happy and healthy?
When he was nine years old Logan's mom took him out of the traditional school because she was worried what he was actually learning. She wanted him to learn how to be happy and healthy but at the same time learning math and science and history. With him not being in the traditional school he got to write about things he liked, not something the teacher wanted him to, learn math and science by experimenting with things related to skiing since he loved skiing. With him having the freedom to learn the main subjects however he wanted he was also getting the opportunity to learn how to be healthy and happy. I see this more often in classrooms now than before where teachers are trying to incorporate more projects into their classrooms and move away from the traditional classroom setting. With continuing to doing this and giving students the freedom to choose how they want to learn the material, we are also making the shift to teaching students how to be healthy and happy, how to make a life not a living.
LaPlante, Logan [Tedx Talks] (2013, February 12). Hackschooling makes me happy. [YouTube]