Watch “Hackschooling Makes Me Happy: Logan LaPlante at TEDxUniversityofNevada” on YouTube

Such an inspiring story and such an amazingly intelligent 13 year old.

I recommend watching it. It only takes 11 minutes of your life but what he has to say is so worth listening to. Even if we’ve heard bits of the same things before. Somewhere else, in a different form, perhaps.

Here are some lines from his talk which I thought were memorable :

“When you’re a kid, you get asked this one particular question a lot. It gets kinda annoying. ‘What do you wanna be when you grow up?'”

“So it seems to me when adults say ‘What do you wanna be when you grow up?’, they just assume that you’ll automatically be happy and healthy.”

“They don’t seem to make how to be happy and healthy a priority in our schools. It’s separate from schools. And for some kids, it doesn’t exist at all.”

“Much of education is oriented, for better or worse, towards making a living rather than making a life.”

“In 2006, Sir Ken Robinson gave the most popular TEDtalk of all time. His message is that creativity is as important as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status. A lot of parents watched those videos. Some parents, like mine, counted it as one of the reasons why they felt confident to pull their kids from traditional school. To try something different. I realise I’m part of this small but growing revolution of kids that are going about their education differently. And you know what? It freaks a lot of people out. Even though I was only 9 when my parents pulled me out of the school system, I remember my mum being in tears when some of her friends told her she was crazy and that it was a stupid idea. Looking back, I’m thankful she didn’t cave to peer pressure, and I think she is too. So, out of the 200 million people who watched Sir Ken Robinson’s video, why aren’t there more kids like me out there?”

“I’m starting to think I might know what I wanna do when I grow up, but if you asked me what I wanna be when I grow up, I’ll always know I want to be happy.”


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