Friday, February 15, 2013

Hackschooling: Turning Creative Kids Into Happy Adults

Don't let your kids become droids
Dees Illustration
J.P. Hicks
Activist Post

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.

Logan has the freedom that comes with homeschooling to explore his interests. As he explains in his TED talk below, happiness and creativity are the focus of his education. He's able to engage directly with his interests because he's not stuck behind the walls of an institutional school all day, everyday.

The most innovative entrepreneurs of the future will be people who are able to hack the current system and create something new. As Buckminster Fuller said "You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete."

Resources have blossomed with increasing popularity of homeschooling, providing endless opportunities for children to turn their creative ideas into reality. And with the time and freedom to pursue what they enjoy, these will be the adults of the future who hack the current system to provide outside-of-the-box solutions and businesses.

J.P. Hicks is an entrepreneur, info-activist, pro blogger, editor of and author of a book about blogging for money.


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Unknown said...

Parents teaching their children is an old - old concept! This article spins it like it's first time ever done. The fact is parents are too lazy to teach their kids, and instead dump them in an indoctrination center for hours and months, and then expect them to be loyal and attached to them. Not happening, you have to have your kids with you all of their young lives, into their young adult lives and train them not your way, but the Lord's way.

This article is just pointing out the obvious, what has been done long ago. Hopefully parents will start getting this and follow suit! It's not about money making folks, it's about the children!

Anonymous said...

Actually, I grew up thinking it is normal to send your kids off to schools, I grew up with the impression that those taught at home would be lacking in education and that it was important to send them to a school because you can't trust the parents to teach them right, but the experts (psychologists, councilors, leaders, etc) were trustworthy. Your assumption that parents are just lazy is WAY off! We have been indoctrinated to trust experts over families, to think people are dumb and can't be trusted to educate their children or themselves. I don't even know if there is any homeschooling going on in Canada, as I don't have children, and I have only in the past year and a bit become aware of my/our indoctrination in society. Laziness? NO! Indoctrination!

It is a common "excuse" by those in the system to assume laziness on the part of either the parents or the teachers. Divide and conquer? While we all fight, siding with the parents or the teachers, our corrupt leaders play off it and keep introducing more changes to the education system that further screw up children and further indoctrinate them. It is in the best interests of those in power that we blame each other and not recognize what those in power are up to. Be warned, be wary.

Unknown said...

If you don't have kids, then don't comment. This article is about parents sending their kids off so they can have 5 or 6 hours of free time, or whatever. Any in the meantime brainwashing your own kids against you. Been there, done that. Why do you think that the good ole USA gov. wants to (outlaw) homeschooling? Hmmm, yeah, because it works! It is about laziness, apathy, and greed on the parents part. Not speaking about all, but most. I'll just buy dick/jane some chinese crap from the store, and they will like me again! Pathetic! Do you think for a moment jewish parents let their kids watch tv, and play video games? Those parents take a real interest in their kids! So called teachers go by a curriculum, in others words just a gov. script for learning. For (them) to pull this thing off, everyone has to be on board. And quite frankly (they) have done a bang up job on dumbing down kids! And why, because the parents did'nt care, or did'nt want to take the time to teach their kids at home. Same argument as before.

Anonymous said...

@the poster above- All members of society are affected by how children are educated, so attacking a non-parent for commenting on this post is really childish. I've never served in the military but that doesn't mean I don't have a valuable opinion about drones, war and terrorism.

I am a parent of four, granparent of two, and have sent some of my kids to school, and homeschooled others. All were different and had different needs and desires for their education. All went to college and are successful in their life.

People without children often have children at some point, and their views evolve just as yours and mine do. I'm glad parents-to-be or people without children are interested enough in the education of children to become involved in the discussion. If only current parents of school-aged children were allowed to contribute to the discussion we'd be missing out on a vast well of resources, experience and wisdom.

I think your own negative views are very uninformed, biased and seem to be based on many prejudices, assumptions and misdirected anger.

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