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A Different Perspective

Logan Lapante is a 13 year old home schooled student with a very different perspective on education and creativity. He debates the age old question we are all asked as children, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”. He does this by looking at the question in a different light. Instead of thinking of a profession he simply states that he wants to be “happy”.

Logan was pulled from the traditional education system at the age of nine and has come up with his own formula for being happy, whilst still getting the education he needs. He based his ideas on those of Dr. Roger Walsh. The following eight factors known as Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC’s) are what he and Dr. Walsh believe contribute to a persons happiness.

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

Logan argues that many of these factors are not taught to students via traditional education and that they indeed, should be, where traditional education is based on making a living, rather than making a life.

During his speech Logan refers to the word ‘hacker’ which is the basis of his argument and his mindset. In his eyes a ‘hacker’ is a person who challenges the system and pushes the boundaries.┬áLogan’s formula for education which he has named ‘hackschooling’ is comprised of four major components of learning.

  • Happy and healthy – Eight TLC’s (Listed above)
  • Technology and online resources
  • Experimental classes and camps
  • Creativity hacker mindset

Is creativity as important as numeracy and literacy? There are people today challenging the traditional system in order to produce more creative, adaptive and forward thinking people in the world. Unfortunately, or not, it seems that at this stage home schooling is the only way this is being achieved. In the future it may be possible to further merge the traditional education system with a more creative way of educating, however there will always be pros and cons for an ongoing debate.

“if everyone skied this mountain, like most people think of education, everyone would be skiing the same line, probably the safest and most of the ‘powder’ would go untouched. I look at this and see a thousand possibilities.”

– Logan Laplante (13 years old)

This article relates to the following Professional standards:

  • 1.2
  • 6.4