This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education


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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.

Does Education Kill Creativity?

Sources:

http://a2zhomeschooling.com/thoughts_opinions_home_school/numbers_homeschooled_students/

http://www.fraserinstitute.org/publicationdisplay.aspx?id=12420&terms=Home+schooling+is+an+effective+alternative+to+the+public+school+system

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  1. this is really good, so is this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NugRZGDbPFU

    • Mary Richter

      Excellent video

  2. Great article, just to add, another exciting part of homeschooling is that you get to see the best parts of your kids as they grow and learn. We get to see the great art works as they are produced, we have the thrill of hearing them read new words for the first time and we are there when the penny drops and they grasp a new concept or are able to solve a difficult problem.

    Anne
    http://HomeschoolingOption.com/

  3. Robert

    I see where they are coming from but i seriously dislike public school bashing i feel like it generalizes and stereotypes things. My public high school was amazing because my teachers where amazing and yeah we had gen eds but we could choose our other classes like language classes, agricultural, drama, and even computer classes. There was also a nearby secondary school where you could learn techniques like auto shop repair and construction of a computer. All of this on public school funding in a small high school in Alabama. I get that some people prefer different schooling methods than others but public school systems are just as good. And as for creativity goes i guess it depends on the teachers most teachers do things by the book and are no way required to teach things alternatively but some do and they do so very well and don’t get nearly enough credit.

  4. You might also be interested in a growing collection of TED Talks for Kids at College by Kids – where kids are the teachers. Like this talk by Logan, the unique thing about the collection is that all of the TED Talks are actually delivered by kids.

  5. All very well as long as the athorities allow this, that the parents or whobever make sure they do not skip lessons , I wish I had this, but at may age ,14 I rebelled as th cschool at the time held me back, as I missed out on engish from moving, and have dyslexia , I wanred to be marine biologist and photographer. I was told I coul not.

  6. Anka

    This is basically a Reggio Emilia approach for older kids. It’s already out there.

  7. Nichole Jane

    I like this…and I completely agree. I left traditional school after freshman year, which was a little late, but the impact it had on me was tremendous. I feel like from the small amount of schooling I did on my own, I learned much more than I had in the past 8 years in public school. It did have its ups and downs though. I didn’t have much of a social life and I stopped hanging out with all of my friends. After a year or so, I feel that I had matured at a rapid rate compared to most my age, (not to seem vein or ignorant.) I had stopped caring about the next hairstyle to wear or how I was going to get Johnny C to like me. Instead I focused on myself and became a strong independent individual with new bigger goals and dreams. And like this boy said, life is about being happy. And I am so proud to say, even with the little I have, I am very happy and grateful for everything in my life. And I think a big part of that is just doing and experiencing what makes you, you. Thank you for sharing this video. It made me smile.

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

  9. 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.

      • Love Is The Answer

        Beautifully said, KT.

      • Stevie

        KT, you have a vile way of debating issues. ‘remove your head from your arse’. Seriously? So in an article regarding education, and a comment on socialization you insult your fellow human beings who may not have looked into this situation as deeply as yourself. Shame on you.

    • 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

    • Nicole

      I don’t believe you listened to the video very carefully; Or even know what he was talking about. He has interaction with other kids; He has interaction with adults, He learns via business’s, and via peers, he learns via life and what it has to offer. He is not being made a drone that society has made most of the children including myself (Which I’m breaking that). If we have a group of people who cannot think for themselves then this world will continue to drive itself into an early death. With children and Adults learning that things do NOT always have to be as we’re taught by the government (Because lets face it… Government is what created our curriculum to dumb us down) we will boost the life of our earth, and the people with in it. Homeschooling is not a bad thing; It’s just a foreign affair when it comes to people who are close minded or afraid of change.

    • Nichole Jane

      I personally think you are very, very wrong. I have lived both the public school and the home schooled life. And let me tell you…public school would’ve caused me to commit suicide where as home schooling put me into an advanced psychological state of mind where suicide would never even be an option. Sure I interacted with other kids but that wasn’t doing me any good or making me a better person in society. Actually it did the exact opposite.

      • mumu

        Nicole…suicidal states are deviant situations… You cannot use such an argument. This is a psichiatrical disorder and cannot be applied to anyone else. It worked well on your case but this is not a valid position.

    • mumu

      Totally agree, Juan. I cant teach my daughter advanced math because I wasn’t interested in math… This means I will deny her the ability to become a good mathematician because of my selfish decision of doing homeschooling… And you cannot learn math without being explained. I am just figuring out how I will explain to her what a logharithm is… Of course I can teach her french, russian, Italian, Spanish or English…but not physics or chemistry… History – yes but no algebra…who am I to choose what my daughter should learn based only on my knowledge base… This is bullshit…

      • AMHeretyk

        Get her a math teacher at home ; ) Private teachers are more patient and pleasant. You’re creating a problem where there is none. And you can learn anything without a teacher. All you need is books.

    • AMHeretyk

      I went through public schooling and I hated it every step along the way. It doesn’t just kill creativity. It kills curiosity. It makes you sick of every subject that could otherwise be interesting. What is “fit nicely in society”? Dealing with other people’s shit? ; ) It’s true that attending public schools you’re much more likely to encounter unpleasant situations and disgusting individuals. It’ll make some people stronger, but will limit the others. As to friends, I didn’t make any in school. And I didn’t feel the need to interact with other kids, simply because we were not compatible, so to speak. It’s a lottery. All my friends are people that I met in relation to my personal interests. And the kid in the video, if he says he’s happy, I don’t know why to deem him unfortunate?

      • Robert

        You must not have had very good teachers or friends these are things that can change the worst school years into the best. I dressed in all black clothing and generally despised everyone around me except the chosen few amazing enough for me to consider my friends. They where different too and we had quite a few adventures throughout high school. As for my teachers some where meh but quite a few pushed me to be better and motivated me to arise to the top of my class in most cases. I guess you went to a crappy public school but mine was awesome. And this is coming from someone who bounced back and forth and moved three times during my time in high school each time i made new friends and had a blast.

    • jb

      Lol, “fit into society”….. to be young a naive

    • Karma

      I homeschool my son and he gets opportunities to be around all age and ethnic groups much more than he did at a public school system

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  16. moss

    yea my sckool was approved

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  19. 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

      DK,
      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 – http://www.ted.com/talks/richard_turere_a_peace_treaty_with_the_lions 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! :)

      • Mary Richter

        My son has 3 and my daughter 6 all homeschooled. They have so many more opportunities than I did and their parents are very involved in everything they do. Neither mom works, financially they do ok but are by no means wealthy. My daughter’s two eldest 17 and 15 are now attending a small charter school that my daughter helped get going. They have many opportunities there. My kids went to a high school with thousands of others. They get lost in the shuffle.

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  22. 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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