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Hackschooling makes me happy: Logan LaPlante at TEDxUniversityofNevada

When 13 year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal. About TE…

I really appreciate and agree with the sentiments in this video. However, I am a lot more concerned with improving the educational opportunities that are available to all children– i.e. public school. I work with kids every day whose parents work 2 jobs and aren’t able to provide them with the resources they would need to engage in “hackschooling” or anything of the sort. I work with kids who have no other option than to stay in public school for grades K-12. And it’s those kids who need and would benefit from meaningful reforms in public education. That’s why I am completely dedicated to teaching in public schools and/or changing public schools for the better.

Sorry for the rant. The kid in this video seems super intelligent and passionate and I’d totally love to sit down and have a conversation with him. 

That being said, as an educator and someone who cares deeply about the state of our country’s public schools, I’m not really interested in giving already privileged kids more privilege. Yes, all kids suffer because of some of the shortcomings in our school system. But kids who live in poverty suffer a whole. lot. more. 

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How media savvy are you? Keeping special interest groups from manipulating media with regard to science begins with awareness.

Astroturf and manipulation of media messages | Sharyl Attkisson | TEDxUniversityofNevada

In this eye-opening talk, veteran investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson shows how astroturf, or fake grassroots movements funded by political, corporate, or other special interests very effectively manipulate and distort media messages.