If you want to see a child who is going to have a very fulfilling, happy life doing what he loves for a living, I suggest you watch the awesome, Logan LaPlante 2013 TED talk “Hackschooling” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h11u3vtcpaY
And how, may you ask is Logan going to achieve one of the most important things we wish for our children?
He has learnt the art of HackSchooling.
Logan gets that “Happiness” needs to be maintained. Our, current School system’s emphasis on educating children to get jobs to make money, does not always equate to a happy life. Schools are dull, really dull and kids are bored. Sir Ken Robinson, was right when he said,
“Schools Kill Creativity“
So, how are we going to save our children from a dull education, that leads to a dull life? HackSchooling. Actually, you do not need to “Teach” your kids anything, they will do it themselves. Children already have a curiosity to learn about the world around them and they are alway, ALWAYS, way ahead of the adults around them. All we have to do as parents, educators or mentors is to support them in their interests. Give them the opportunity to try out lots of things.
For Christ Sake, buy them an iPad if they want one, I promise it won’t melt their brains.
Oh and by the way…
There IS learning value in watching TV, DVD’s, Playing Computer Games and having an Instagram account.
These are the tools kids use to HACK their education, in between that dull stuff they do at school all day, or that dull Homeschooling curriculum they are forced to follow. They are doing it right now, right under your nose, whether you approve or not. Kids are clever and thankfully, if they want to do something, they will find a way to do it.
And, once they have secured Hackschooling they can move onto Hacking College, but that’s another post.