PIDP 3250 Hackschooling

This confident, 13 year old gave me much to think about after watching his presentation. It is obvious from the presentation that Logan is a bright, young man. In this presentation he describes his own unique version of schooling–which he calls “hackschooling.” It is homeschooling of a sort, using the Internet to delve into whatever interests him. It is not for everyone, only for those who are very self-motivated, curious, energetic, and industrious. I found his presentation intriguing. The concept is that education, like everything else, is open to being hacked or improved, not just by working within the current system, but by going outside the educational establishment to find better ways to accomplish the same goals. Logan claims that hacking education is helping him achieve his goal of being happy. In his presentation he questions the traditional education system. He makes strong, succinct points regarding the profound point that happiness and health are no longer a priority in our schools. He asks the question, “What if we based education on the study and practice of being happy and healthy?” He states, “Education is important, but why is being happy and healthy not considered education? I just don’t get it.”
He believes students should explore their own curiosity, show passion for self-directed learning, and above all else, be happy. In his view, the main purpose of education should be to help students become “happy and healthy.” I had to ask myself, is the educational base Logan is receiving better than what was provided by my educational upbringing? Is every student going through traditional school disadvantaged? Should students be pulled out of school and home schooled? Homeschooling is not for everyone. I think that home schooling can create a creative, adaptive, and forward thinking person but this does not mean it is for everyone and that a student can’t turn out that way through standard education. One aspect of hackschooling that appealed to me was that students are not punished for failure, but rather encouraged to fail then figure out why they failed in order to solve the problem. If one is taught that failure is part of a learning process at an early age, failing will always be another step towards success. Perhaps a solution would be to implement some of the ideas of hackschooling within our traditional school environment where structure is already in place. I hope that some of these ideas work their way into our traditional education system so that all students may benefit from them.

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