13 year old boy promotes a new education system based on happiness

 

 

Logan LaPlante is a 13 year old boy who gives a quite simple answer to what adults always ask children “ What do you want to be when you grow up?” And his answer is quite simple- “ I want to be happy.” Sure, we all want to be happy, but when we grow up why do some of us go in different directions?

 

Logan talks about what we think will make us happy, like going to school, university, getting a job and getting married. Will the result be happiness? Logan brings to discussion the fact that in schools we are not taught how to be happy and healthy and how we should base our education system on the learning and practice of being happy and healthy.

 

Logan has decided to learn and practice being happy and healthy and this is his recipe for happiness and healthiness

 

  • Exercise
  • Diet and nutrition
  • Time in nature
  • Relationships
  • Recreation
  • Relaxation and stress management
  • Religious and spiritual involvement

 

Unfortunately, schools do not teach these things but there are people who do try to teach themselves these subjects. As Logan says, schools teach us to make a living and not a life and more than that schools kill creativity. Logan talks about hackers and how people view them as geeks living in their parents basement, but in fact they are people with a creative mind set that challenge the system in an attempt to improve it. He brings attention to the fact that the world needs more people like that, people that want to make a change.

 

Logan practices what he learns

Logan was taken out of school when he was just nine and since then, he was taught at home. The subjects that he is taught at home are completely different from a normal school curriculum. His home school subjects are:

 

  • Healthy
  • happy,
  • creativity
  • experiential classes and camps
  • technology and online resources,
  • creativity hacker mind set

 

He does study math, history, science but his approach is quite simple, he practice what he learns and if he needs he does look for shortcuts if that means getting better results. For example when learning about physics, he experimented by building a Newton cradle, and when learning history he played different characters in history in order to understand what they did and their reasons. Logan also goes out in the nature one day a week. This means he spends all day in the nature, making spears, learning how to build a shelter. More than that, Logan also spends his time at a factory where they hand make skis and clothes. That is how he learns how to use math, design, sewing and creativity and learns how a business works. His education is about being free, happy and healthy. So, is it the time for us to change the way we learn and teach? If schools do not provide us with what we need, is it time for us to teach ourselves?

 

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