Logan LaPlante is 13 years old. Watch this video, and you’ll hardly believe it. The boy is confident, articulate, intelligent, and his ideas are groundbreaking. He gave up traditional school for what he calls “hackschooling,” an ambitious, highly motivated, and apparently, extremely effective approach to homeschooling.
As I watched Logan talk, I was immediately reminded of my own education. I was homeschooled for the majority of my education, and absolutely loved it. Homeschooling for me meant getting my traditional schoolwork, reading, math, spelling, etc. out of the way in just a few hours. By lunch, I was usually free to do anything. Growing up, climbing trees, building forts, and riding my bike to the park was a part of every afternoon, not just the summer. Never having homework to do in the evenings meant I could participate in twice as many extracurricular activities, and I became highly involved in theater, music, and dance, as well as a few sports here and there. Meanwhile, I had all the free time I could have asked for, plenty of time to spend with friends, and all while receiving an absolutely incredible education. Homeschooling did nothing but multiply my opportunities.
With today’s technological advances, the opportunities for a kid’s education, even just sitting on their couch with a laptop, are endless. There really is no need for a traditional school environment when learning can be so accessible to anyone who seeks it.
“Hackschooling makes me happy: Logan LaPlante at TEDxUniversityofNevada.” Feb. 12, 2013. TEDxTalks. Retrieved from YouTube: <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h11u3vtcpaY>