After viewing TED Talk “Hackschooling Makes Me Happy” by Logan LaPlante I was enlightened to see a young student with such a desire to learn. I’m not an advocate for homeschooling or virtual school but whatever school he went to looked AMAZING! I found it interesting that when adults ask children, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Their responses are so natural and interest based. Like Logan said, “Adults assume that kids are going to grow up and be happy & healthy.” When in reality we need to be teaching students how to be happy & healthy so they can believe in themselves to become successful in a career.
I was introduced to a positive perspective on “hacking.” To me, as Logan stated most people thought, hackers are people who sit at home and cause computer viruses. HOWEVER, my eyes were opened to a new theory, or a “vintage” meaning of hacking. I feel like the word hacking is going to be a popular word in 2015…just sayin’.
This is no longer the face of hacking.
This is the face of hacking.
Hacking just means finding ways to challenge & change an established system. Hackers are in the business of making improvements to life (not crashing computers). “The original meaning of hacking is worth reclaiming. Hackers are the folks you want on your side when something’s not working like you want it to. Hackers improve things” (Hunt, 2012).
The article by Bud Hunt was interesting in how we use our creativity & how to look through life’s “lenses” in order to learn & expand our creativity. He states, “Learning happens when we make things. We make sense of new situations. We make knowledge by processing our experiences. We make tools to help us do things we might not yet be able to do.”
It’s all about going outside of our “box.”
After viewing & reading this information I have learned that I need to foster creativity within myself & as a future teacher. I want to create students (and as a mother I feel this sense of urgency to prepare my children) in how to become happy & healthy so they feel confident in exploring their ideas in life. Like I’ve said at the beginning of this posting, I believe in the educational system but I do believe that the world is changing and many jobs are based on creativity, problem solving, and finding the 2nd, 3rd, or 4th right answer, not just what comes to mind first.