The education systems of countries the world over are in a dismal state. We need a new education system to prepare our children for the world of the future, but we don’t even know what the future will look like five years from now.
How can we prepare for it?
We need creative minds to solve many of mankind’s challenges and the current education system doesn’t cultivate creativity.
In his 2006 TEDx talk about how schools kill creativity, Sir Ken Robinson said that creativity as important as education and we should treat it with the same status.
The fact that his talk is still the most-watched TEDx talk (41 million views and counting) shows that his message is making a lot of people rethink the education their children get at government schools. Home schooling, though not a new concept, is on the rise.
Teenager Logan Laplante was taken out of the education system to be home schooled instead. He says he has watched TEDx talks as long as he can remember and when he delivered his own talk at the age of 13 (see below), he had a message that can inform a new education system.
He said that a lot of kids today are just wishing to be happy, to be healthy, to be safe, not bullied, and to be loved for who they are.
But those needs are not addressed when adults ask what you want to be when you grow up.
“Kids are told: Go to school, go to college, get a job, get married and boom! Then you’ll be happy, right? We don’t seem to make learning how to be happy and healthy a priority in our schools. It’s separated from schools, and for some kids, it doesn’t exist at all.”
Logan asks important questions:
“What if we based education on the study and practice of being happy and healthy? Education is important, but why is being happy and healthy not considered education?”
He talks about the science of being happy and healthy and says it comes down to practicing the eight Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes developed by Dr. Roger Walsh: exercise, diet and nutrition, time in nature, contribution and service to others, relationships, recreation, relaxation and stress management, and religious or spiritual involvement.
Logan’s homeschooling does not happen around a table at his house. He ‘hacks’ his education. He learns what he can from many sources including the outdoors, a clothing factory where he interns to improve his design and sewing skills and survival classes. He explains hackers are innovators who challenge and change the systems to make them work differently and better. It’s a creative mindset that the world needs more of.
Hopefully Logan’s talk has inspired kids to think differently about school, and parents and educators to reconsider education and make health, happiness, creativity, and wisdom a priority.