Back in 2013, as my son started his schooling, I watched Logan La Plante’s TEDx talk he did at the University of Nevada. The one line that really struck a chord with me was, “When I grow up, I want to be happy". Logan was homeschooled, but he did not like people’s reactions when he told them this. So he coined the term, “Hackschooling”. His TEDx talk goes on to focus on being happy and healthy, and is a valuable insight into a student’s thoughts on education.
I want to be happy now!
Bringing it back to the quote from the talk, “When I grow up, I want to be happy", it made me think, Why wait till we grow up. Now that I have children of my own, their happiness is one of the main drivers in my life — as it is in many other parents lives — and it has been very interesting to see how this happiness is impacted by how their school day, term, and year is going.
For children to learn, the learning must be challenging, while, at the same time, learning should have scaffolding and tools available so that opportunities for fun, success, and happiness occur during and after the learning.