My friend in New Zealand teaches at an alternative school, the students spend a good proportion of time outside exploring and learning. It is a different way to teach, less structured than the traditional classroom setting. She posted on Facebook a fascinating link to a TEDx talk by a 13 year old boy. The link is below and I found it quite powerful as he talks about how education systems could benefit from being “hacked”. His perspective looks at how we teach to develop skills for a specific career, not necessarily skills for personal development or life in general. This could be hacked to substitute that end goal with creating happy and fulfilled students, shouldn’t that be more important? I agree, but it would require a significant shift in our education system and perhaps we can learn something from this well spoken 13 year old!
LaPlante, L. (2013, Feb 12). Hackschooling Makes Me Happy: Logan LaPlante at TEDx University of Nevada. TEDx Talks. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h11u3vtcpaY