Sometimes adults think that they have it all figure out, but then a kid like Logan LaPlante comes around and reminds us that sometimes we get set in one way and no one changes it. In his Ted Talk Hawkschooling Makes Me Happy he makes some wonderful points about today’s education system and how it might now be doing kids the best service like it is supposed to. Right away Logan points out that when kids want to grow up they want to do something that they like. Adults very rarely do the job that has anything to do with what they were interested in as a child. I think as we grow up adults make us feel silly for being interested in doing anything other than being a “doctor or a lawyer” or look down upon the people that didn’t even want to go to college or aren’t doing great in our traditional school system and we doubt anyone that tries to stray from that. I feel like so many people have all of these feelings about how the school system needs to change, yet no change is happening or change isn’t happening very fast. The people in the world like Logan LaPlante are going to lead the way in making those necessary changes.
Bud the Teacher makes some very interesting points in his blog post Centering on Essential Lenses we need to focus our lenses on the important things in school, but that “important thing” is going to vary from child to child sometimes. One of the most important things we can teach children is to find out how they learn best. Do they learn best when they do something or when they read instructions or watching someone else do it? I didn’t know what kind of learner I was until I got to college, I thought everyone was just supposed to be able to figure out what their teachers were telling them at school. Bud also says that “learning happens when we make things” I find that most of my learning comes when I make mistakes. When something doesn’t work, I try something else, and that is where playing comes in. I might have to try a million different solutions before I learn what works best, but thats okay because I’m learning and its likely something that I wont forget. These things also sharpen your problem solving skills, which is something that is necessary for every human being alive. There will always be problems and we will always have to be prepared to solve them and applying lenses, hacking, and playing are great ways to do that.