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. M. Waite

    I have homeschooled my children, well this is my 8th year. I have been asked many questions and heard many comments, good and bad, over these eight years. The one thing I do know, is that those that don’t understand homeschooling have bad feelings about it. I get it. Homeschooling goes against the grain. And I’ve seen families who don’t really educate their children. But, 99% of the moms I homeschool with, take their child’s education serious. Most of them don’t have degrees and have never been trained to be teachers. The unique idea behind homeschooling is that you teach towards your child’s bent. You look at them as individuals and see what curriculum works for them and what they are interested in. For instance, my son is in 7th grade. He has told me since he was 5 that he wanted to be a scientist/inventor. That has never changed, it’s still his bent. I have him in a high school level General Science class. Not because he’s brilliant, but because I want him to have an advantage so when he gets to high school he can take higher level science classes. My daughter, on the other hand, has told me since she was 4 that she wants to be a famous baker. That hasn’t changed and she’s now 11. I won’t put her in that science class in junior high, unless she wants to take it. What most of you don’t know is that homeschoolers have many resources. There is so much curriculum out there that you can use to fit your family. Also, there are co-ops where your children can take classes outside the home. Many high school homeschoolers take classes at the local junior colleges. I encourage those of you who don’t understand homeschooling to learn more about it. Your views might change.

  2. This is what can happen but the title implies this is what will happen… not the same thing. Homeschooling benefits some and hinders others, be mindful.

    • Glen

      That is a very sad comment and it gives homeschoolers a bad name. We have home educated for the past 21 years – All of our 6 children! My wife is simply AMAZING! She makes sure they children do a MINIMUM of 185 days of school PLUS field-trips and extra activities. Although each of our children have different educational needs, abilities and interests, they all score FAR above their peers when taking standardized testing.
      For someone to SAY they home-school, and then be too busy to actually do it is wrong. I agree.

  3. Premgita Polster

    Home schooling needs monitoring from outside so that children are actually taught a minimum education to cope with the normal world. I know a family of 4 children and the mother is so busy that half the time- she will not do much schooling. Her oldest and very intelligent child keeps asking to go to ‘normal’ school and that parent keeps scaring her and not allowing her to go. She is an actions child and has regressed reactions to some social situations. She breaks down in tears over little thins appropriate for a child half her age.
    If this family was monitored- like that the children would have to sit test at 2 month intervals to prove that they keep up with their peers- that would at least insure that they get the same chances as another person who has gone to school.
    The social skills learned at school and having to deal with bullies, teachers they may not like or agree with and all the other ins and outs can really help prepare a person for ‘real jobs’ and real life.
    Nowdays there is a lot more creativity at school. My son has created animations, makes music with computer programs and soon with real instruments, he has prepared power points from grade 2 and this is also a creative outlet.
    Some kids may not thrive in such an environment and home schooling may be ideal for them with good teaching parents. But really- it does not matter how great the parent is at teaching. One person can always teach less than 10 or 20- no matter how brilliant they are. This is simple maths.
    Give the parent an occasional break from their kids and vice versa.

  4. tony

    I believe there’s a massive difference between education and learning. Through learning we grow but education can have the opposite effect. And with regard to this kid, my personal experience is that parents are an integral part of a child’s learning regardless of where it happens, but far too many think it’s someone else’s responsibility.

  5. Andrew

    this kid/idea is just the product of the modern day bourgeoisie

  6. This is what happens when a bright young man is in tune with his own feelings. This is what happens when a bright young man is in a healthy positive environment.

  7. As a certified teacher who has taught in 4 countries (including the US) I have found that homeschooling can be very beneficial and VERY detrimental all in accordance to how parents handle it. I know two homeschooled students who are very well adjusted, intelligent, and driven individuals with excellent social skills. I also know two homeschooled students who are hyper arrogant, come of unintelligent, and have very little drive outside of their parents wishes. All 4 of them are in their 20s now and have lived very different lives.

    I am all for well researched, unbiased home education but I also do not think that a large number of parents are equipped for such a task. I mean, I went to school and got a degree to learn how to teach effectively. It is not as easy as it sounds.

    • I agree with your comment. Most parents are not qualified to offer their children an education that would compare, let alone exceed, that provided by the local school systems.

      • Molly

        Take into account the fact that homeschool children are not hindered by having to vie for attention with 30 other kids, are not forced to sit around for hours whilst others catch up and do not become stressed during times they can’t keep up. Imagine for a second how empowering and beneficial it is for our homeschooled kids being allowed to have a say in and control over their own education.

        I may not have a degree but I can confirm first hand my daughter, who 6 months ago was labelled as “behind” in terms of academic ability is now working at a grade level a year in advance of the kids she was at school with. With my “dreadfully unqualified” input and the support of other local (and equally unqualified) homeschool families my child has not only matched but surpassed the kids she was sharing a classroom with just a few short months ago.

        Another benefit is that my child who went into the school system with an intense passion for learning and had it quickly snuffed out is once again motivated, cheerful and confident in her abilities.

        To be fair though, the true benefits of homeschooling are not something that can be explained to someone who has any kind of belief that the current mainstream school system works.

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  10. That’s great but what if your dad has a 2nd grade education and your mom has a 6th grade education?

    • A dad with 2nd grade? You mean a dad who dropped out of school when he was 7? A mom who dropped out of school when she was 11?

      You are not just sitting at home with your damned parents, Mark. There is an industry out there that offers enormous support and assets for children to learn from home.

      Parents who cannot read can learn. If they still cannot read, then why the hell are they having kids that they cannot provide for?

      I love how folks like you come up with some ultra rare, bizarre situation- so you try to imply that ideas like this are bad over all.

      Governments are just like the mob.

      • Zebu, in any discussion we should be respectful and mindful of differences. He asked a legitimate question. There was a time and there are still occasions when parents lack more than an elementary school education. More importantly I think the increasing diversity with immigrants who are not English as a first language citizens might be a more contemporary question. Yes, Zebu parents can learn but the learning curve is steep while their children are growing. Further, not every individual thinks, “I must be an English speaker in America before I can have kids. But, bottom line how does a student who is struggling in school with parents who are not savvy enough to home school accomplish a education free of government interference?

      • Zebu, What a question to ask, why have kids you can’t provide for. Sex is very powerful and you can do it without an education. duh. The drive overrides thought and concerns about the future.

  11. Max

    It’s always the same with the whiners, cry babies and control freaks that don’t understand freedom and home education; looking down their superior noses at a home education mom, questioning the social abilities of a home school child while public school kids run around with their pants hanging down texting about the latest porn site they’ve found on their phone. gezz, if you can’t get a life, quit trying to stop others.

    • Max, I sincerely hope that your “rant” does not exemplify the best of homeschooling. I am currently homeschooling my 3rd child. We can get the most support when we encounter others who do not understand when we are not whiners, cry babies and control freaks ourselves. Instead of blasting them for not understanding and looking down our superior noses at them, we should take the time to enlighten.

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