“Hacking Your Education” Response


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I just watched one of the coolest Ted Talks ever. Something that was very cool and eye opening, was that it was presented by a young teenage boy. You do not see this too often! This young boy, Logan LaPlante, spoke about something he calls “hacking your education.” He begins to talk about how adults usually ask kids what they want to be when they grow up. The usual answer, he explains, that adults are looking for are ones such as an astronaut or doctor. This is not the case for all children though. It is a common misconception that to be successful you need to go to school, college, get married, have kids, and so on. Logan explains that when he is asked this question, he answers with, “I want to be happy.” This really opened my eyes.

As an education student, I am always taking ideas and thinking about what kind of teacher I want to be in the future. While watching this Ted Talk, I started to realize that putting an emphasis on experiencing what you are learning could be key to students grasping what they need to in the material. When you experience something, I feel like it is easier for one to remember more long term. Another thing that really stuck out to me was when Logan said to experiment and make mistakes! This kind of lit up a light bulb in my head. Everyone in life makes mistakes, and almost 100% of the time you learn from them. Why not go out of the box and apply this to education? If children are not experimenting with different subjects and apply learning to real life scenarios then what is education really doing for them? They are learning to make a living rather than a life, LaPlante explains. While students are young or old for that fact, it is important to expose them to as much variety and happiness you can. Isn’t that what life is really about, being happy? I certainly think so.

If  you find something that you are passionate about and you set yourself to your own standards, you will find yourself living a healthier and happier life. That is really what this talk was based on, is creating a life for yourself that you truly can enjoy, and giving hope that education really can be beneficial to all if you approach it in the right way. This being told by such a young man was really refreshing and inspiring. I cannot wait to see what this man does with his future, whatever it is, I am sure he will be HAPPY.




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