This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional EducationSpeaking as a mother of 4 home schooled children, this article and most especially the video of young man Logan Laplante speaking out about the benefits of home schooling..... I literally glowed when I read and listened to this. I have shared this with many many friends in the past few days, including the son of a friend of mine who is currently going through the difficulty of trying to figure out if he wishes to be home schooled or not.
.... needless to say, I think that the video alone may of strengthened his resolve to continue with him home school education, regardless of the pressure being put on him from other family members.
My own son, also named Logan, lol, has blossomed into a read-a-holic under the no-pressure, unschooling atmosphere of our daily homeschooling routine. Logan, who is 6 years old and falls under the "autism" umbrella, had no interest in sitting still to learn. I was getting pressured by others to "teach him" and I refused: I was not going to pound letters and numbers into a young mind that didn't want to learn "that way". Instead, Logan learned through osmosis- listening in to the conversations I had with his older sisters about phonetics and reading. Occasionally, he would pick up a book and ask me to help him with this word or that.... and I think that there was one time that I explained long and short vowel sounds to him and how they work together....
No real reading at all until last summer. Suddenly Logan realized that he would be able to play so many more computer games if he could read..... and that was it!
- in 2 months, Logan was reading at a grade 2 level
- in 4 months, a grade 4 level
..... Now, 6 months later, Logan is currently reading at about a grade 6 level and his vocabulary is on par with most high school students.
To those who would tell me that Home Schooling is a bad idea, I say..... Really? REALLY?!?
This Is What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional EducationJanuary 7, 2014 by Joe Martino.
Logan Laplante is a 13 year-old boy who was taken out of the education system to be home schooled instead. Not only was he home schooled, but Logan had the ability to tailor his education to his interests and also his style of learning, something traditional education does not offer. As Logan has mentioned, when he grows up he wants to be happy and healthy. At a TEDx talk in 2013, he discussed how hacking his education is helping him achieve that goal.
Logan’s story can be seen in a similar light as Jacob Barnett‘s story who was first put in Special Ed by his school until he was pulled out of standard education and is now seen as an incredibly intelligent young person who is on track to winning a Nobel Prize one day.
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Education is often considered the foundation for creating a well rounded and productive society, but this belief usually stems from being sure that those coming out of the education system are able to keep the cogs of society turning in order to maintain profit margins of large companies in a system that requires constant growth. Instead of having creative and out-of-the-box-thinking people, the current style of education creates more submissive, obedient and trained graduates so the current system is always maintained.
What this means is that standard education is focused less on each individual and their growth and more on creating a supply of worker bees that can go out into the world and follow within the confines the system sets out. Sir Ken Robinson gave a famous TED talk in 2007 where he discussed his beliefs about how education kills creativity. This TED talk is one of the most viewed TED talks of all time and has inspired many to re-think the way we are educating our children. Since traditional education is still taking its time with adjusting, many are turning to homeschooling as a solution as it allows children to explore education much like Logan did.
Currently about 3.8% of children ages 5 – 17 are home schooled in the US. In Canada, that number drops to about 1%. This is a number that is expected to continue growing in both countries as more see the limitations of our current education system. Also, studies done in the US and Canada show that home schooled children out perform their peers from both private and public schools.
In my view, home schooling is much more likely to create a creative, adaptive, and forward thinking person who is less conditioned to think only within the small confines of a crumbling system. Does this mean it is for everyone and that one can’t turn out that way through standard education? No, I simply feel the chances are far greater with homeschooling.