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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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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1,378 comments on “This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education

  1. 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.

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  4. 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.

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