What if we made education about how to be Healthy and Happy?

This question was asked by a 13 year old boy, Logan LaPlante
who made a speech on TEDx about our education system.

He is being “Unschooled” and laid out his plan for a better
education system in this video.

Here is the list of subjects that he recommends to be taught in schools:

  •  Exercise
  •  Diet and Nutrition
  •  Time in Nature
  •  Contribution and Service
  •  Relationships
  •  Relaxation and Stress Management
  • Religious and Spiritual Involvment

He also says that the current schools sytem is teaching
you how to make a living, not a life!

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145 thoughts on “What if we made education about how to be Healthy and Happy?

      1. Bonnie

        The Michigan Model was just this. It was a wholistic system developed by educators to provide a circulum in addition to math, science, reading and literature. Vintage 1980′s. It was eventually stopped by a parents who did not want their children exposed to the various techniques of relaxation. I recall vaguely now that Mantras and TM (transcendental meditation). We’re two items that were objectionable. There is a need for the basic circulum. Children need to learn to read, and compute as well. Let’s not go overboard.

        In England, not so many years ago, there was the 11 plus test that was given to 11 year olds to determine their capacity for higher education. It was most recently determined that it was best to give children a choice as to whether they need to waste dad’s money trying to peruse an advanced education.

         
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      2. Bonnie

        The Michigan Model was just this. It was a wholistic system developed by educators to provide a circulum in addition to math, science, reading and literature. Vintage 1980′s. It was eventually stopped by a parents who did not want their children exposed to the various techniques of relaxation. I recall vaguely now that Mantras and TM (transcendental meditation). We’re two items that were objectionable. There is a need for the basic circulum. Children need to learn to read, and compute as well. Let’s not go overboard.

        In England, not so many years ago, there was the 11 plus test that was given to 11 year olds to determine their capacity for higher education. It was most recently determined that it was best to give children a choice as to whether they need to waste dad’s money trying to peruse an advanced education.

         
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    1. mariann11

      Yes, it’s true for a lot of schools Tanja. I will send you some information on how you can make money by sharing your messages with the world :-)

       
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      1. Steve

        Thank you very much for posting this! Could you also send me information on how to create an income by sharing my message with the world..?

         
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      2. PM

        Hi Marianne,
        I’d be interested in this information too. Also I’d love to hear more about your work in Bali and if you ever have a need for volunteers . I am a yoga teacher and have a feeling Bali is in my not-too-distant future.

        Thanks to Logan for an amazing and inspiring talk! Great to be inspired by him and his message, and to see how that creates positive reverberations.

        Pamela

         
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      3. NiniSevilla

        Hello Marianne, good day. I took a long view at the items you’ve posted, I find them uniquely insightful and well distributed in an age where the platform for social change is through new media like these viral videos and articles. As well as my interest of mixed media digital art with a meta message contained within the varying metaphors that reflect the macro and microscopic psychological, societal and structural spheres.. I have so many ideas that I formulate partially inspired by experiences, and videos, articles and posts that I eat up. I think I have a problem ha. Can you help me launch my skill set in order to share knowlege and buiild a network of “the commons” to further the share able, peer to peer society that I long for. Thank you so much. I’d be happy to exchange a skill set I have that may interest you or pay money if you so wish.

        Blessed be.

         
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  1. Lloyd

    Inspirational – every teacher should see this and every school should have a curriculum that includes health and happiness.

     
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    1. kat

      This kid is great and it should be sent to the state and federal departments of education. We teachers would love to have this as a subject. We are given directives on what to teach, then children are tested to make sure we are doing this. I do my best to intertwine this into the subject matter. I love kids!

       
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  2. Cindy

    Absolutely love this! I agree! I virtual online school my 4 kids and we try to enjoy and be happy, healthy and creative as much as possible. It should be taught to our families!

     
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  3. Trystan

    Inspirational ideas!
    Ever since I left school I’ve talked about how it really only suits a particular character, I achieved little from school due to its nature not suiting me. The education system failed me…..I use to think it was the other way round. Luckily with support from my parents I found a path that suited me and am living happily.
    I really enjoyed Ken Robinsons Ted talks…they made a lot of sense. Intriguing to see what effects he’s had. Like mentioned we need to incorporate Logans subjects on a global scale. The big question is, how? and who?

     
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  4. mariann11

    Thank you for your comment Trystan! :-) I’m actually planning to start schools like that in orphanages around the world. I’ve been supporting an orphanage in Bali, Indonesia for the last couple of years. The lady who runs the orphanage teaches the yoga and meditation to the kids. It makes a huge difference. The kids look peaceful and well adjusted. My plan is too help each kid to develop their talents and abilities through creative subjects!

     
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    1. Ali

      Hi Mirrian,
      A friend has just directed me to your comments on here regarding your work in Bali…good on you! I am currently fundraising for Bali orphanages and will be up there in January…would love to visit the orphanage you support if you are able to share details? All the best with your fantastic work, take care, Ali x

       
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  5. Sean

    the current schooling system places too much emphasis on memorising facts and not necessarily understanding them. exams are then sat and each child given a grade which reduces their whole years work into a few letters. how stupid that university and job applications filter out people who have low scores in this, when often people do not perform well in exams because of the school they went to/area they live in/home life etc. there is no emphasis, as this boy says, on personal well being leaving students to get stressed out and feel worthless if they haven’t remembered how photosynthesis works, for example. don’t get me wrong, what’s taught in school can come in handy, but the priorities are definitely wrong.

    taking children out of school might be good for them, but its not really a very realistic thing for everyone to do. only people with enough money can do it, those on lower incomes or single parent families will be less able to do this. teachers should definitely be taught how to boost their pupils confidence and self esteem amongst many other things this boy mentions. it’s impressive how well this boy makes his points, I’ve never heard a 13yr old talk like this. maybe if we sorted out our schooling systems we would have confident, creative, high achieving teenagers rather than the many we have now who feel like they have little to offer. the truth is people are very complex and cannot be split up into home and work life, social and academic, a more holistic approach should be taken in teaching people about all aspects of life, particularly those most important, by the time they leave school and throughout the rest of their lives.

     
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  6. Mel

    Great video Mariann! Also I see your an Empower Network Member as well, always happy to see one of you out there sharing valuable content with the world. Keep up the good work!

     
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  7. mariann11

    You raised a good point Sean. Not every parent can afford to homeschool their children. I agree that the schools need to take a more holistic approach to education. The orphanage that I’ve been supporting teaches yoga and meditation to the kids. It makes a huge difference in their behavior.

     
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  8. Helen

    How refreshing! I love Ski ing too and education. What a fantasticTEDx, I will share it with my boys age 10, 8 and 3. I totally agree with his ideas for schools. I am looking forward to hearing their thoughts afterwards.

     
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    1. Tammi Clancy

      It isn’t the teacher who need to listen to him–it is the policymakers–the ones who make the laws about what the teachers will teach. IT is ALL about testing and the making of money for the testmakers that the policymakers are supporting. ALL about THAT!

       
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      1. Elvan

        Tammi I believe that we are all responsible! we have to know that together we have power to change things in the way that will work for all human kind,…political educational etc. It is time to act now.

         
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  10. Mark Abrahams

    THE NATURE OF LEARNING

    I love this talk by Logan.

    What I think is that, following my vision of the classroom as a creative environment, there should be adjustment and negotiation concerning education and vocational training to include the:
     promotion of wellbeing,
     prevention of problem behaviours
     elevation of the human spirit
     mental agility and resilience

    then education and training will surpass the teaching-by-rote, self-improvement, personal-development, home-teaching, academy models we are witnessing as both failures and successes.

    By teaching the principles behind these areas of human development, teachers and students will naturally engage regarding the Logan LaPlante suggested list of:

     Exercise
     Diet and Nutrition
     Time in Nature
     Contribution and Service
     Relationships
     Relaxation and Stress Management
     Religious and Spiritual Involvement

    The element which is missing in both this and Sir Ken’s offerings are that, with education as a natural behaviour for all people, there must be a focus upon the source as opposed to the outcomes.
    And the missing link is the nature of thought (which we can also metaphorically think of as ‘INTELLIGENCE)’’.
    It’s fair to think that the standard, intellectual and test-worthy STEM and arts and craft lessons can and should be taught, facilitated via the alternative and additional curriculum elements.
    What nobody wishes to see is a world which continues in its decline and reversal trend regarding intelligence. After all, the human mind is a very poor measure of human intelligence … so it sure pays to understand the operating system of the human mind.

    Only as people effortlessly evolve in truth and understanding will uncover and benefit from the nature of learning.

     
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  11. Libo

    Religious and Spiritual Involvment
    yeah dude if you didn’t know religion is exactly the thing that holds us back, we don’t need that sh*t

     
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  12. Dupont

    Moi aussi je vais partager avec mes enfants, quelle énergie et quelles belles demandes fait ce jeune garçon à ceux qui sont en charge de l’éducation et de la connaissance, à vos marques mesdames, messieurs les enseignants, et aux parents suivez vos intuitions, je n’avais pas assez confiance en moi lorsque ma fille est née il y a maintenant 15 ans car je pensais déjà que je devais lui faire l’école, les nouveaux enfants ont besoin de références et de justesse et Cet enfant de 13 ans ne fait que confirmer ce que j’ai déjà vu, entendu et vécu avec beaucoup d’enfants les miens en premiers, merci pour ce partage. On peut toujours changer et à tout âge, j’en fais l’expérience chaque jour… J’attends les retours car je vais partager cette vidéo avec mes contacts…. Merci

     
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  13. Trish House

    Imagine the life our children could have if we all insisted that it is their human right to a free and fair share of the land and its resources so they could make and manage their own lives. With the certainty of a stable base on which to place their shelter, to enough land and resources to build that shelter and to provide their own organic food supply children would grow into adults with enough pride and courage to say NO to the war jobs, to the Montsanto and Halliburton jobs, to the political jobs that fail to protect the people but drive power to the corporations.

    Now our children are faced with lifetimes of slavery to mortgages, to jobs, to taxes and with a minimal safety net to protect them if they are ill, lose income, or are too old to depend on those other sources that the corp/gov seems so eager to take away. We get insanity like the IRS taking away a 79 year old man’s home because he failed to pay $134 in taxes. We get a culture in which because the social safety net is so thin we are forced into savage competition with each other for jobs and income just so we can live.

    Let’s give our future generations the gift of peaceful and joyful lives by making sure that it its their human right to live securely in their homeland with a free and fair share of the resources that it takes for them to live.

     
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  14. Tim

    Did you thought about living vegan, the 80 10 10 diet and a raw nutrition?
    For me this is of enormous importance!
    That’s what nature made us for.

    Great Idea with hackschooling. I would love to attend to such a school.

     
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  15. Vera Luz

    Awesome!! Finally the kids are here!! The ones that are coming to change to world!! I have two Btfull boys of my own and trying to push them to have a Lovely LIFE and not just a boring living!!
    Just one thing everyone is still missing and wud help so much in self knowledge and human tolerance;

    ASTROLOGY in Schools! Religion removed it, time to put it back!

    Applause to you Logan!! Proud of you!! Keep inspiring and be happy!

    Vera Luz

     
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  16. Erika Reeves

    Ummmm….not one single ummmm in his speech! My husband is a VP with IBM and still says ummmm many times in his speaches. Totally blown away!!! I see a motivational speaker in the work. The only other person I have ever seen not say “umm” in her speech was Condoleezza Rice. So articulate! I am a home school Mom! <3 We own Regal gymnastics Academy in VT and my girls totally are on top of running this multi million dollar facility. Check us out on FB!

     
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  18. Maurita Weissenberg

    Living in a country (South Africa) where our education system is failing our children in so far that only 3/10 children make it to the end and most children are not functionally literate this message really resonated with me.

    In our centres we are simply helping children learn to read but at the same time we are hoping that we can help them see the beauty and untapped potential within themselves.

    I am going to share this video with our education department.

    Thank you

     
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    1. mariann11

      That’s really sad Maurita. Every child has gifts and talents that we need to nurture. I hope that your education department will listen to Logan’s message! :-)

       
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  19. Ulla Worziger

    What a very lovely boy with a message from the heart! Some schools, like the Montessori and the Steiner Schools do implement some of these ideas, and some schools are primarily in the nature also, but still the great major part of schools really REALLY could learn so much from taking into practice what this boy talks about. In Denmark I am in a group who really works hard on trying to get Yoga, breathing exercises and mindfulness into schools as part of the curriculum – in our superficial and insecure world, we need to develop our natural empathy or actually we need to let go of the ego-mind from time to time that keeps the illusion alive, that we are separate and in competition. How great to know that we are many more working on this. Ulla, Denmark

     
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    1. mariann11

      Thank you for your comment Ulla. I’ve been supporting an orphanage in Bali, Indonesia for almost 3 years now. The lady who runs the orphanage teaches yoga and mediation to the kids. The children are well adjusted and happy. So different from the other orphanages that I’ve seen. It really makes a big difference! Good luck with your project! I hope you succeed! :-)

       
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  20. Mowafak Alsaadi

    This is great initiative:

    During my academic studies; I realized that most of what we got is irrelative to the real life, it’s all about theories and about what should be happening in non real life. When we start getting into business life, we find out a totally different living perspective. Which keeps the idea of ” I’m educated ” but without life experience !!

    People respect, negotiation skill, descriminition and all social skill are not been studied or teached !!

    I guess this kid had a bright future for our grand children !! :) I’ll show it to my kids today and see !!

    //Mowafak

     
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  21. Jo Jo Hants

    I think his ideas are brilliant and from someone so young. I’ve said for years that so much of the school curriculum is outdated, unnecessary and of little interest to most kids. Sure, it you want to become a teacher, lawyer, doctor or whatever, then learn all those relevant subjects when you are at high school. What use is chemistry to someone who wants to become a florist or administrator? Why teach kids algebra if they are never going to need it or use it. I think things like parenting skills, life skills, technology etc are far more important that knowing what year King George ll died for example. Being able to understand home economics is far more relevant to everyone than learning about tidal erosion etc. etc. Hopefully you get my drift.
    Similarly, why not reintroduce conscription – but not int he military, but in social and community projects to help make other peoples lives better.

     
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    1. mariann11

      So true Jo Jo, I had the same ideas growing up. I knew that most of us will not use 85% of the things that we learn in school! I think we should be introduced to all those subjects and then be given the opportunity to choose what we want to learn more about! Not forced into learning things that we will never use in “real life”!

       
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    2. Dan

      A florist will probably need to understand some chemistry concepts (how photosynthesis works, for example). Also, algebra is an incredibly necessary tool that you probably use all the time without realizing it even. Just 2 of my concerns with your argument

       
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  22. Kathy Murch

    This messages encapsulates where we are trying to get to in Alberta. As a central office educator I am engaged in the conversation of creating environments that support wellness, ethical citizenship, engaged thinkers and an entrepreneurial spirit. I am thrilled to hear about some folks who have gotten it right and am excited to bring this message forward. A great message with an even better presentation.
    Congratulations!
    Kathy

     
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  23. Luke

    Teach girls how to be happy but boys still need to lern how to create technology, fight diseases and do other important stuff apart of relaxation and time wasting

     
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  24. Nat Smith

    WOW! I have tears in my eyes from watching this. Just so very inspirational. Even though I am in my 40′s and was bought up in very traditional schooling, I can feel a shift inside… a permission that it does not always have to remain like that… linear and regimented. I can, just like Logan, Hack my own life and education so drilled into me, and live a life of even more creativity and happiness! Thanx Logan… you rock!

     
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  25. Bonnie

    The Michigan Model was just this. It was a wholistic system developed by educators to provide a circulum in addition to math, science, reading and literature. Vintage 1980′s. It was eventually stopped by a parents who did not want their children exposed to the various techniques of relaxation. I recall vaguely now that Mantras and TM (transcendental meditation). We’re two items that were objectionable. There is a need for the basic circulum. Children need to learn to read, and compute as well. Let’s not go overboard.

     
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  26. Jessie

    I study human kinetics at the university of British Columbia. I love it because we learn about the importance of exercise, relaxation techniques, healthy relationships, how spirituality can help people feel fulfilled in their lives.. etc. I love what this boy had to say, but if anything I’d highly recommend this program :)

     
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  27. Janet O'Donoghue

    Agreed. My son was conventionally educated (although never became a conventional thinker) and my two daughters were hack schooled… there are certain stresses involved, like so many people tells them that they cannot live without a conventional education – pretty scary to a teenager. However, they are all bright, clever, free thinking, awake and free human beings. People are blown away by them wherever we go (and they don’t even realise they are causing it). Despite their “lack” of formal educational qualifications they are all pursuing their passion. Thankfully there are many positive changes coming in the way we prepare our children to face life and I am sure they will catch on fast, because almost every parent I have met in the last ten years has realised that there is massive room for improvement in this field.

     
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    1. Emily B

      I’m not saying people with alternative schooling “can’t” live but Im a teenager-I’m sixteen and I disagree, improvement yes, and Hack schooling is sure to be great for some kids but the majority of parents will stay traditional, the problem is the big schools where kids can slip through the cracks, there are tons of great school out there that people are constantly improving (applying HACK) but no one focuses or wants to tackle the big problem. THe bigger schools are where all the low numbers come in and although everyone wants to fix it no one wants to visit and teach in those schools, fix the real problem not give solutions to an already great system.

       
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  28. Samantha Sadler

    Uh, hi. My mum showed me this video. I’m 13 as well and I’m currently having trouble at school. My parents and I are thinking about doing something like this, homeschooling I guess, but we’re still trying to figure out how to do it. Any tips / suggestions? (:

     
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    1. mariann11

      HI Samantha, I know somebody who might be able to give you some advice on that. Let me know if I can share your email address with her, so you can talk to her directly about it!

       
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    2. Cassie

      Wow so inspirational n wise words from someone so young , I’m English live in England and our social education system is ruining our children’s lives n happiness n well being , my son Joshua is 13 and a high functioning autistic boy but is being badly let down with education n bullying n trying to find his purpose in life , he is stressed at going to school stressed when he’s home from the days events at school etc etc .
      Logan is an inspiration and a true testament that we do not have to follow the governments and other supposed agencies in the way we raise our own flesh n blood , I would love to learn more about HACKSCHOOLING and look forward to seeing a smile on my Joshua’s face

      Cassie

       
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  31. karin Eckenhuijsen Smit

    I would have pulled my kids out of school, if we could in Holland. We are obliged to put our kids in the system that educates for al long gone past. One kid is severly damaged by the system, because she is extremely creative. Its a hard time to swallow the old stuff, when you can see it doesn’t fit.
    Thanks for sharing your story, you direct a new way. Good for your parents, they are the first to pave the way. Good for you you share your story. I’ts necessary. And I guess all of us will like and share. I hope it goes viral!

    Get connected to all new way seekers, together it will move much faster. Not for you, but for the mainstreem, kids, locked in and turned off. And enjoy on the way to freedom!

     
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  32. Melissa Smith

    This is kid is amazing! As a skier myself i share the stoke for life and wanting to be healthy and happy, it must be something about learning to be one with nature from a young age skiing the pow lines. You are an inspiration and Shane Mcconkey would be proud!

     
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  33. Chris

    Agree entirely. These used to be core fundamentals, aka, taught at home. Unfortunately we as a society have pushed ourselves so far into a world of commerce-ial-ism and meanwhile left our familial units in a post-humane sea of debt, addiction, immorality, soulless material striving, and subsequent decay. And meanwhile cultivated a body to govern us into and protect that system above ourselves. Whether or not integrating these basic educational lessons into a fractured and corrupt(ed)(ing) educational system is a viable solution is up for debate. My estimation pins a small margin of success, akin to plugging one hole in a ship sinking from multitudes of fractures, would be the benefit. Silver lining?.. At least one hole is plugged.

     
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  34. Leslie

    Logan is amazing and inspiring! He gave me goosebumps and started to bring tears to my eyes. I have always known I too wanted to be happy but at 40 years old… I have never been sure how to get there. I hope that some day there will be more parents who realize the potential of their beautiful children and cultivate them in much this same way. I have huge amounts of respect for Logan’s parents for choosing to raise their child in such a loving manner and respect to Logan for being such an articulate, intelligent young man. I believe that he is a great contribution to this world. Thank you Logan for your time! (even if you never see this :-)

     
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  35. Beatrice Carey

    I’m a teacher and i think this kid brings up some pretty amazing points. He’s so well spoken and clear in his presentation. well done.

     
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  37. Vasquez

    This is great! This kid is so awake! I wish our next generation would be like him, in the same state of mind. I’m just wondering was there any creative and open minded kids let’s say 50 years ago?? Kids who might be able to speak like this? Maybe yes but the content of knowledge probably was different than nowadays.
    Have You guys heard about some creative and well open minded youth from back in the days?

     
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  38. rosphillips

    or we could simply let parents be parents and teach these live lessons as they should and take that burden off the school system

     
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  40. Emily B

    I disagree, I am 16, in a public school right now. I am a creative student and struggle in many of the academic classes. I’m not saying I love school but it’s not the worst-I think it needs a lot of improvement-but none of this kids idea’s are very realistic. Yeah school teaches you how to make a living, your family should teach you how to live your life and if they don’t…well I’m just gonna say its not the schools fault. Being creative is awesome and public schools do need to work on what classes are given so that kids who do have lots of skills but not in academics, can still get the grades they deserve. twenty or so years ago they had whats called Track classes, I don’t know why no ones heard of them but they steer your kid off into the direction of fields of interests for them.

    I’m glad a kid is speaking out, but I think his ideas are ehh…they would/will work for a lot of people but its really not realistic for all schools or all parents. Yea no one liked school-its why everyone agrees they need to be improved. However think about it-where are you today? Who are your friends-yeah you suffer but is your life all that bad? and if it is whose fault is it?

     
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  41. Amy3422

    I find it intriguing and ironic that, even though Logan LaPlante’s education focuses on health and experiential learning, he still manages to be much more articulate and literate than most of the students in the public school system that claims to focus on “literacy”. The same can be said for every homeschooled person I know. Public school does us a great disservice by creating a culture of apathy toward learning.

     
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  42. patrick persijn

    I thought education about how to be healthy and happy is the job of the parents…unfortunate too much parents nowadays, use the schoolsystem as an excuse, not to take their parental responsibilities…School should be to learn developing skills, that not only will help you to make any carreer, but mostly to use later in life, when you are grown up, to your own and others benefit. Knowledge is power and you are never too old to learn. In first instance, be happy and thankfull you have the luxury to be able to attend school. A lot of children don’t have that luxury and have to work instead…

     
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    1. Kim

      I bet every kid who doesnt have the luxury of going to school would give up their “home schooling” in a second to be able to attend school. Education is a luxury and gives one advantages & creates opportunities. Those who dont take advantage of this, essentially free, luxury in America, arent doing their children any favors in the long run. Doesnt mean you cant teach your children life lessons at home (what any good parent should be doing in addition to schooling).

       
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  43. K. Logica

    Today’s children are being more sheltered and cushioned than ever before. Parental emphasis is far too focused on happiness which leads to entitlement. This could be dangerous for future generations. Our children need to slowly be prepared for a world that isn’t always fair and isn’t always ‘happy’. The current school system provides this exposure to them. People are different, some may excel in math and science while others are more creative. This does not mean they should be segregated, both sides deserve the same exposures to better find how their talents will meld in the real world. By continuously finding new avenues for our children to remain ‘happy’ will only last for so long, for as long as you are there to shield them from what you both deem ‘unhappy’. Happiness is not the responsibility of a school system, and later in life, will not be coming from your employment. Happiness is gained from self confidence, relationships with other people, and accomplishments. An adult that needs to pay rent and living expenses doesn’t have the option of staying home to find a happier way because the work place doesn’t provide them ‘happiness’. The main point I am trying to make is that however you raise your child now, with coping with others and schools and responsibilities, will become their blueprint for dealing with the reality of the world as adults.

     
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    1. k. smith

      I agree with you, K. Logica. I’m a senior in college, majoring in music education and psychology, and I find this Ted Talk to be completely ignorant. Yes these are eight areas that can be incorporated into the education system, however, how do you teach “happiness” to students whose families can’t afford to put dinner on the table and to students who don’t have their basic needs being met? The truth is, you need to be able to make a living to have a life. In my opinion, we need to shift the education system from a performance-orientation and place less emphasis on high-stakes testing. We need better funding for the arts. As a musician, I consider myself highly creative. I’ve done very well in public schooling. Is it for everyone? No. However, home-schooling can be detrimental to a young person’s development. So much of development comes from social interaction, and reducing a student’s interaction with the outside world doesn’t really prepare them for life outside of their home. What really makes people happy? Success. Furthermore, what makes parents think they’re qualified to teach? I’ve spent years in an education program learning child development and education theories, and I don’t even consider myself fully qualified! Finally, this entire Ted Talk could be summed up in one class. Health. The End. Let’s move on.

       
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  44. Dirk

    There is a word for the education he describes. “Parents.” Let schools be a place for development of intellectual skills for analysis and expression. Happiness comes from two things: development of competences and mastery, and unconditional support of mentors in achieving competency and mastery.

     
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    1. tanya

      Agreed. I do not want my child’s school having a curriculum based around these 8 things. In a perfect world, the teachers would have grasped these things, and be living actively like this, making it contagious to students. But it’s a given. If you turn this into textbooks, public schools will find a way to screw this up due to the involvement of the government.

       
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  45. Andreas

    I am with this great little actor …
    Happy? What it is for … no one know´s what is the mean of happiness.
    So how should I try to be happy if I don´t even one what it is. Stop thinking
    about if you are happy, and start living. Every bad thing is just for letting good
    things feeling great. So appreciate the bad as well as the good times.

     
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  46. Kim

    We need to teach both. Kids need to be educated in school & life. I think parents are for teaching life skills & school is for education. We have to be realistic, we needs doctors, scientists, engineers etc. Not all kids can be home schooled and America have the prosperous & thriving economy which we all want.

     
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  48. Cheri Keys

    What an awesome and inspiring video and cool kid!!! I’m a teacher. I’m frustrated and do not like the direction education has taken in the U.S.. Too much emphasis is being put on content that most children will never use, while living in the world is being neglected. In the process of testing our kids to death, fostering creativity and an appreciation for our natural world are being neglected. We should be more concerned with WHO our students want to be when they grow up than WHAT they want to be. Education needs to change. I would love to be a part of this type of education. Where can I sign up?
    P.S. Hooray to the parents!

     
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    1. Georgina Levey

      I really loved this talk, but I understand the nay-sayers too. I am a teacher and am just as frustrated as many people in my profession who see what is happening in education and feel powerless to change it. I earned my Ph.D. several years ago and the focus of my dissertation was service learning, which is learning rooted in community service- this is what I see Logan doing in his hackschool and it is very powerful. Is it realistic? Maybe not for everyone, but igniting a passion in kids is so important and then they start to take off in their own educational pursuits. Neither parents nor teachers can make a kid do things and have it all lead to a positive result without some serious bumps in the road- kids really need inspirational experiences (and lots of them) to find their own paths and eventually lead themselves. In the end, I really would like to see education be more balanced- focusing on equal doses of rigor, relevance and relationships (to put it simply) will hopefully help kids be happy and healthy but also help them know learn how to handle all of the stresses that they will inevitably face in their life

       
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  49. Emma Unterseher

    Hi, my name is Emma and i’m a 14 year freshman in highschool. Lately I have been struggling with what i want to do when i grow up and how my schooling is helping/adding to the answer to that. After watching this video, i know that this is the type of education i want to have. It will open doors for me and make me a well rounded person. This kind of “school hack” education will have me studying things i want and am eager to learn about that will contribute to a career i want to have. Is there any way i can find out if there are programs like the one Logan is in near me that i can join? I live in Chicago if that helps.

     
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  50. gabe

    Sounds great, except for the last one. Religious and spiritual crap absolutely does not belong in school, unless studying it from a purely secular standpoint.

     
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  51. Chantal

    I’m ready to go to your classes right now! I’m 49 and I think you’re right. We lost the sense of right priorities.
    Time to reframe those.
    Good continuation!!

     
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  53. Carmen

    My daughter has always struggled with school since first grade. She is very creative and artistic. I always thought that it has to be a different type of system especially created for kids like her. She has been adviced to have a “learning disability”. But what I think she has is not interest on the content she is being tought. Is there a TED school? Is this for homeschooled kids? Please send me any info about this system. I am really interested.

     
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    1. Dr. Joseph Kayne

      You might be interested in our product “Imagination Unleashed.” It was designed for a parent/child learning experience in discovering one’s passion and how to creatively pursue it.

       
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  55. David Harrington

    When I was 13 my dream was the same as this bright young man but it was a different world back then. Now I am 70, have had at least 5+ carriers so far, and I give away my ideas for free to anyone who will listen. It sure would be nice if I could earn a little money doing it.
    Just a note: do not confuse religion with spirituality. The former being fundamentally corrupt while the latter is the door to the creative.

     
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  56. Dr. Joseph Kayne

    Thought some of you might be interested in our efforts to push schools toward teaching models which produce more Logans. We have spent five years developing content and curriculum around the task of helping adults rediscover their creative inner child who has been buried deep inside them. As part of our research we conducted video interviews with internationally acclaimed thought leaders in creativity in innovation including Sir Ken Robinson (whom Logan referenced), the late Sally Ride, Ed Catmull (head of Disney animation and Pixar studios) and Dean Kamen (who developed the Segway). Sample clips from these interviews are posted on our website. I hope you will take a look at http://www.imagineitproject.com.

     
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  57. Dr. Joseph Kayne

    Cassie, You need to read Sir Ken Robinson’s book “The Element.” The introduction includes stories about young people who were very much like Joshua. We now know there there restlessness is really massive energy, which if channel into something the child really wants to do, can be a powerful force in their lives. Best wishes.

     
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  59. anna

    Hi,
    I live in England and my son would need to start school next year and he will be only 4,5 years old. It feels so wrong to me and I worry his identity, creativity and freedom will be swept away. are there any hackschool in UK?

     
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    1. kat

      It’s up to you whether or not those things can be swept away. I’m thinking if you can’t find information about hack schools, you probably should not be home schooling. You clearly have not noticed that google is available for you to do this simple research on your own. In order to be a parent/teacher, you need to hone these skills. http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/416281/School-for-hackers it took 8 seconds to come up with this information,

       
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  60. v

    He is inspiring. Ironically, however, it takes someone making a fairly good living to attend a TED conference. Just saying…

     
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  61. Sally

    He is so right!
    This does sound a bit like the education I had, actually. I went to a Rudolf Steiner School, which is based on the principles of anthroposophy.

     
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  62. Barbara McCubbin

    Here is my comment, and it seems to be a regular comment made by me to most, if not all, Americans: “How can an article about education include grammatically incorrect statements?” For the sweet love of all that is Holy, knock it off!

     
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  70. Adam Mughraby

    I must admit Logan really was quite inspirational, his words just seemed so genuinely honest that I now have no doubt that home schooling is quite beneficial… actually did much the same thing at various points throughout my childhood because of surgery. However I have to say that home schooling, though it was quite accelerated and moved at a speed I was more comfortable with, left me feeling very lonely. I missed my friends and even my bullies at times… There is just something that’s not there when you’re learning but not interacting with classmates. The experience, at least when exposed to regular schooling, just seemed hollow to me.

     
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  71. Annette

    We home schooled 3 kids for up to 11 years for very similar reasons and thoughts. My oldest, now 2nd year at UW Seattle had a very interesting video and follow up discussion to share with me today. Are we “creating” beings to fit into a system or a system to fit the beings… ?
    A very interesting analysis here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

     
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  72. kat

    He needs a little help on his grammar skills but is also a great kid with some fantastic ideas. Unfortunately, most kids don’t have parents like his. You don’t have to take your kids out of formal education, but parents can teach their children and enrich them in ways that schools cannot. However, kids also need to know how to stick with things, and his type of education works for him because he seems to be a highly intelligent, self assured child. That is unusual. He’s a very special young man.

     
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  73. Mariann Althoff

    Hi Mariann, (we spell our name the same)/ This kid is saying what I have been trying to teach for years. I am a Drug prevention specialist employed by the NYC Department of Education in the Youth Development Dept. He is SOOO correct that most kids do want to learn how to be happy because more than half of the students I work with are NOT happy or comfortable with their life. We do need to change how we educate, and some of my colleges are trying along with me. But we can only do so much. I wish I could share this video with the kids I work with.

    Mariann

     
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