As I watched the Ted Talk video, Logan started out very first by saying that schools forget to teach about happiness. I was a bit taken back by this because I realized that this statement is true. I am sure that some teachers try to incorporate happiness and well-being into their schools but it is definitely not a universal thing that they all do. Logan made a statement that growing up kids are constantly asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” and most of them will say “I don’t know” or something that really interests them at the time. Personally, I wanted to be a princess for a long time because I liked the glamour and dresses that came along with it. For Logan, he wanted to be happy. That was a new one for me and it is something that I think we all need to take a step back and think about.
Throughout life we will all go through hard times for various reasons. Even though we may be faced with tough times we should always try to stay positive and keep moving towards happiness. As a future teacher I want to remind my students that they shouldn’t feel rushed to choose their career. Instead, while they are young, they should choose something such as Logan’s wish. I want them to choose to be happy, strong, adventurous, outgoing, etc. If they have this mindset from a young age and they carry that with them as they grow older then these goals will stay a big priority like choosing their career. I hope that my students will remember that they wanted to be adventurous when they grew up so that they travel the world or just go outside of the comfort zone with food or doing something they might be afraid of. The extreme of what they want to be when they grow up is up to them, but if we help embed it into their young minds then hopefully they make it a big deal in their future.
Overall, hackschooling is still very new to me. Before I watched the video I honestly thought that it was going to be about computers and how hacking is becoming a bigger problem. In the article I read it talked about how the word ‘hack’ has been taken out of context. The original meaning was “a fiddle that improved a process or a program. A hacker was someone who made such changes. Hackers were revered in technology communities, because they took what was there and made it better” (Hunt, 2012). I never have thought of ‘hacking’ as making something better, but after watching the TED Talk I see how it possibly could make something better. Schools have so much weight on their shoulders because there is so much to teach in such a short amount of time but if there was a way that schools could teach Logan’s 8 tips for hackschooling then it could become a bigger deal. Logan’s tips were: Exercise, diet & nutrition, time in nature, contribution & service, relationships, recreation, relaxation & stress management, and finally religious & spiritual. I believe that all of these could be incorporated into what is taught now in our schools. If they did this, kids would still get a good education but also a better sense of how to just be happy and one with nature.
I traveled to Europe this summer and this was a castle we went to in Holland. Get out of your comfort zone and see what the world has to offer- be adventurous.
Hunt, B. (2012, May 24). Centering on Essential Lenses. Retrieved January 16, 2018, from http://budtheteacher.com/blog/2012/05/24/centering-on-essential-lenses/