Ask 13-year-old Logan LaPlante what he wants to be when he grows up and he'll give you a definitive answer. He'll tell you that he wants to be happy, and rather than live his life in pursuit of a job, a relationship, or something else that will make him happy, he's living his life working on the mindset of being happy right now.
His pursuit of happiness left him wondering: if the ultimate goal of life is to be happy and healthy, why don't traditional schools teach you how to achieve those highly attainable goals? In this brilliant TEDx Talk, LaPlante quotes Dr. Roger Walsh, a professor and researcher at the University of California at Irvine who said, "Much of education is oriented, for better or worse, toward making a living, rather than making a life."
Walsh created eight principals for a happy life — diet, time in nature, contribution to community, recreation, relaxation and religious or spiritual pursuits. And it's these principles that LaPlante uses to guide his life and his education. LaPlante's approach is what some may call homeschooling, but he calls "hackschooling "because he's not afraid to question the norm, or even take shortcuts if it gives him the best end result. And the result he's looking for? Happiness.
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