This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education

Logan Laplante is a 13 year-old boy who was taken out of the education system to be home schooled instead. Not only was he home schooled, but Logan had the ability to tailor his education to his interests and also his style of learning, something traditional education does not offer. As Logan has mentioned, when he grows up he wants to be happy and healthy. At a TEDx talk in 2013, he discussed how hacking his education is helping him achieve that goal.

Logan’s story can be seen in a similar light as Jacob Barnett‘s story who was first put in Special Ed by his school until he was pulled out of standard education and is now seen as an incredibly intelligent young person who is on track to winning a Nobel Prize one day.

I also recently did a TEDx talk in 2014 about my story of leaving college for good. You can check that out here.

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Education is often considered the foundation for creating a well rounded and productive society, but this belief usually stems from being sure that those coming out of the education system are able to keep the cogs of society turning in order to maintain profit margins of large companies in a system that requires constant growth. Instead of having creative and out-of-the-box-thinking people, the current style of education creates more submissive, obedient and trained graduates so the current system is always maintained.

What this means is that standard education is focused less on each individual and their growth and more on creating a supply of worker bees that can go out into the world and follow within the confines the system sets out. Sir Ken Robinson gave a famous TED talk in 2007 where he discussed his beliefs about how education kills creativity. This TED talk is one of the most viewed TED talks of all time and  has inspired many to re-think the way we are educating our children. Since traditional education is still taking its time with adjusting, many are turning to homeschooling as a solution as it allows children to explore education much like Logan did.

Currently about 3.8% of children ages 5 – 17 are home schooled in the US. In Canada, that number drops to about 1%. This is a number that is expected to continue growing in both countries as more see the limitations of our current education system. Also, studies done in the US and Canada show that home schooled children out perform their peers from both private and public schools.

In my view, home schooling is much more likely to create a creative, adaptive, and forward thinking person who is less conditioned to think only within the small confines of a crumbling system. Does this mean it is for everyone and that one can’t turn out that way through standard education? No, I simply feel the chances are far greater with homeschooling.

My decision to leave school behind when I was in college came from the same beliefs I hold today about education. I felt confined within the system and I felt it wasn’t going to lead me somewhere I wanted to be. It didn’t matter whether I was studying business, engineering, marketing or music, I did not enjoy the methods and couldn’t see a way to change things except by leaving. Aside from what society would make us think, leaving education and a diploma behind was one of the greatest decisions I have ever made as I was then able to explore and learn anything I wanted without having to worry about a rigid structure which promotes memorization and useless testing. I believe we will be OK if we leave the current education system behind and choose other methods. This isn’t to say homeschool is for everyone, but I truly believe that a drastic, and I mean drastic, change in the way our education system functions needs to happen, and soon.

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1,394 comments on “This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education

  1. Home schooling is great! You won’t get bullied by your retarded classmates :-)

  2. Juan Tamad

    Home schooling is not good. This kid only looks good on video. He will never be able to fit nicely in society. One think that home schooling can’t give to a child is the lessons on how to be a part of an ever changing society. This kid has a limited experience. He’s home schooled, he doesn’t have any experience interacting with other kids. This kid is unfortunate, he’ll find it hard to fit in society.

    • KT

      That’s an awfully short sighted view you’ve got. The assumption is that home schooled children have “no interaction with other kids”. Just because they’re not in school-sanctioned events doesn’t mean he’s at a youth group every Sunday, or skiing lessons each week, or going to the Y every Tuesday for swim class, or an educational co-ed (like most home school kids do), or a music class once a week. There – just gave you 5 days out of a week where he’d interact with kids.

      So long story short, remove your head from your arse and you might learn something.

    • bo zo

      kids should be involved with adults behavior because they need to know how to be an adult rather than how to be a kid keeping up with his peers, he may not have experience with other kids but his maturity level has skyrocketed beyond his peers years. i disagree with you

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  9. moss

    yea my sckool was approved

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  12. DK

    Agreed Paula.
    Logan’s story is awesome, but you cannot overlook all the support he has. It’s obvious this kid’s parents are living in a beyond upper middle cla$$ area.
    Let’s see a Ted Talk from some poor kid with limited support and no “ski lift” and then we can chat about hacking the system. Inspiring yes, but not very realistic for millions of American kids. Sadly.

    • Melissa

      While I agree Logan is growing up in a privileged society, teaching a child to think creatively, to experiment with the world around him/her, and to question the status-quo does not require large sums of money. Look up Edward DeBono to read more about creativity and thinking. Here is a talk from “some poor kid with limited support and no “ski lift””, as you requested – That child made a huge impact on his community with a few simple items.

      It’s more about ingenuity than money, if the idea is a good one funding will follow. We need more out of the box thinkers; People who can do more with less are the ones who will really hack the system.
      Respectfully Yours.

    • I’m a huge public school advocate and have dedicated my life and career to helping almost 130,000 kids of poverty get to college and have successful careers. Even so, I don’t see why people like DK automatically have to bring down this kid’s story because he is “upper middle class”. So what if he is! The fact is that his parents, regardless of money, were bold enough to do things differently. That message applies to ALL of us who work with kids, especially those in poverty. Like what you heard but don’t know how to apply it to “poor kids”, stop making excuses, embrace this kid’s spirit of outside the box thinking, and do something about it.

    • Jared

      Ad hominem reasoning, the upbringing of a middle class vs poor speaker neither proves or disproves the premise. I find it interesting that it’s assumed the middle class child would have more support in pointing out flaws in our education system than a poor child. My assumption would be that he would be an embarrassment to the majority of his middle class family and peer group.

    • Julie

      Actually, we have five kids and have always (23 years homeschooling) lived on a 60K year family income. Our oldest has traveled the US with a Robotic Competition Club and that earned him a 20K scholarship his first year in college. My second is a gifted musician and our third just got accepted to a ministry college. There are many, many opportunities for homeschoolers that do not cost alot. I think the thing that really is a benefit is the time they are allowed to explore what they are actually interested in instead of what someone tells them they should be interested in. Homeschooling is not for everyone, but you don’t need a lot of money to have a great experience! :)

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  15. Paula

    Home, public or private a school is only as good as its people. A lazy, poorly educated parent won’t do a good job educating children.

    • ann

      Nor will a lazy, well educated parent

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