I have seen Logan LaPlante’s TED Talk, “Hackschooling Makes Me Happy” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h11u3vtcpaY) before in another class, but I hadn’t analyzed it like I have now. What do you want to be when you’re older is not the question people should be asking children because they’re looking for a career or job as the response. What they need to be asking is what do you want to do when you’re older if they want that career response. I like Logan’s answer to the first question, “I want to be happy when I’m older.” I think that is what every student should want to be when they’re older. But sadly, some kids are even wishing for it now because they don’t have happiness in their life. Logan made a good point that education is orientated towards making a living rather than making a life. It may not be intentional but I think this is a key issue to worry about. They always say that you should pick a career that you love doing but I don’t think that schools stress that enough. I always get the question why do you want to be a teacher, they don’t get paid well at all. My response is yes it would be nice to make more money but I chose to be a teacher not for the money, but to work with students everyday to help better than as a student and a person. One of my goals is to have a family someday, teaching provides the perfect schedule to have one, and that is what makes me happy. I grew up in a family where education is valued, but they also value being happy. Schools need to find a balance where they make education important, but also how to be happy and healthy. Some people say that they should be gaining that knowledge outside of school. What happens when a child isn’t getting that guidance, then what?
I think the idea of hackschooling is great but may not work for everyone. Hackschooling would be a lot of individual motivation and a lot of self-learning. I’m sure some kids what appreciate getting to pick and chose the opportunities that they want to work on, but you would need a great community to work with and a great support system. There are some students that will not think critically about the hackschooling they’re doing and be able to relate it to other subjects.
After reading Bud Hunt’s post, I picked out some of the key points that stood out to me. I liked the beginning of his post where he relates learning and experiences to looking through different lenses like a camera. “Lenses are good for focusing on what matters in a given situation or challenge, or opportunities.” By changing lenses, it’s like getting a new view of what you see around you. How you see is how you look. Learning happens when you make, hack, and play. You don’t necessarily have to have all three, but it would benefit from being able to do all three. By using these, it opens up new thoughts and experiences.