Hacking Life

Last week, I watched this video of a young teenager, Logan LaPlante, explaining his “hackschooling”. You can watch it below, but in case you can’t access it, here is the overview.

At age 9, Logan’s parents pulled him out of traditional school to have a at-home education. During this period of time he realized he wanted this educational goal: study and practice to be happy and healthy. All of his classes were based on things he needed in order to stay happy and healthy as a boy, a teenager and later on as a man.

That really is the center of all he does, encouraging us to put “happy and healthy” in the middle of all education as well. For example, he uses his passion for skiing to stay happy and healthy, but also to learn things like mountain safety and the science of snow and weather. His experiences also led him to knowing that he would like his own business eventually. He ends up his talk saying he might start to know what he wants to do, but if asked what he wants to be, he’ll always answer he wants to be happy.

I don’t intend to start a debate on if we should send our kids to traditional schools or not… I was simply surprised by this young fellow’s confidence, thoughts and – what looked to me as – truths. I might already be done with school, but I’d like to apply some of the ideas in this talk into my own family’s life.

Logan LaPlante: Hackschooling Makes Me Happy


Assuming We Will be Granted with Happiness and Health

That surely caught my attention. As a mother, it is true that I often assume that my sons will be happy and healthy for life. If I look the way I act, I don’t necessarily assume it for myself though. I made my own exercising plan to stay healthy. I watch my nutrition to keep it as delightful and healthy as possible. I make sure to spend some time outside or doing activities that make me happy. However, I might teach my sons by example, but I never really thought about truly teaching that to them. For example, I never planned on having them learning nutrition. As Logan says, why are these things not considered education?


Education to Make a Living rather than a Life

Roger Walsh is a doctor Logan met to discuss the 8 TLCs (Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes) and how education was oriented, or not, to them. Dr. Walsh said education was more oriented into making a living than making a life. I quickly realized it didn’t make sense to me.

8 TLCs

In my opinion, if you learn how to make a life – happy and healthy – you’ll definitely learn how to make a living as well. Why is that? If you study and practice the 8 TLC in the image above, there are great chances you’ll also discover passions and interests. Passions and interests often turn people into leaders in their field, no matter if we’re thinking about maths, history, languages, sciences, communication or writing.


The Hacker Mindset


You might have notice the “Hacker Mindset” in the upper circle of the image above. Basically, this term could be translated into “change”, “revolution” or simply “different”. It’s about looking at things with a different perspective. It is about trying new things, changing existing ones and making others differently.


Hacking Life

I might not pull out my kids from traditional school as they haven’t even started it yet. Even if I wanted to, it seems to be quite a challenge that I’m not sure I’m ready for. However, I will try encourage them to look at things with a new perspective. I will do my best to lead them into activities of interests and to motivate their curiosity and their “hacker mindset creativity”.


From now on, I’ll try to apply the concept into my own life as well. In my point of view, I’ve already started. I’m not doing a conventional job with conventional hours. I have a very flexible schedule with tasks always changing and evolving. I’ve already set a routine in which I feel happy and healthy and in which family takes priority.


I think it’d be worth trying this approach in different things. We’ve been setting traveling goals for years that we are incapable of reaching. We also set savings and retirement goals that are always diminish after a certain time. Maybe it is time to hack all this and try something really different! 😉


What about you? What do you think about this hacker mindset?

Do you think happy and healthy should be part of our kids’ education?


Images credit: all found in the video

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