hackschooling: creativity, education, happiness, and health in today's hectic society
education reform always seems to have a spot in national dialogue. however, it never seems to move past that - we talk about the need for a change in our education system, but never make those changes. i get the sense that we are afraid to change for some reason, like we fear changing the way we approach education might set us behind somehow. by a lot of metrics we’re already falling behind, though, so that type of logic is a little bit unsound.
i don’t think our current system is 100% defunct, but it could definitely use improvement. one major area ripe for a makeover is the way we approach creativity and the arts. a lot of times we verbally support them, but then schools focus on standardized forms of thinking, and arts are the first to go in budget cuts.
i could go on, but i’d rather let these two videos speak for me. this first video is of a kid named Logan who spke at TEDx in Nevada. Logan Laplante is a thirteen year old boy who was taken out of the traditional school system when he was nine. he’s easily one of the most articulate just-turned-teenagers i’ve ever come across, and he sounds like he’s got a much better perspective on life than most adults. when he grows up, he’s no sure what he want’s to do, but he knows he wants to be happy and healthy. you go, Logan.
can i be hackschooled?
this second video is the most-watched video in TEDtalk history. it’s called “Do Schools Kill Creativity?” and it’s given by the humorous and astute Sir Kevin Robinson. he makes some brilliant points about how we grow kids out of creativity, rather than developing it.
you can find a nice summary of the relationship between the two videos here.
what are your thoughts on the importance of creativity, living a healthy and happy life, education, and the way these fit into our modern society?