I have been inspired. I have been inspired by a 13 yr. old boy and a TEDx talk. I dare you to watch it and not be inspired as well.
My first thought was, “Great, this kid is going to put me out of a job.” But I spent some time in reflection on what he said. I have been guilty of asking students what they want to be when the grow up. I didn’t have a clue when I was young. I, like Logan, just wanted to be happy. So, when as teachers did we forget that the most important lesson to learn and therefore to teach is happiness in one’s self?
“What if we based education on the study and practice of being happy and healthy?” I pondered Logan’s question and tried to think of ways to incorporate the 8 Therapeutic Life Changes (TLC) of Dr. Roger Walsh. I was hit with the response that most of education is oriented toward making a living rather than making a life. I want to strive to hack my teaching to have the leeway to do this more. It may not be popular with traditional systems of education and I may find myself unemployed, but I think it worth the risk.
I don’t know Logan but he seems to love being outdoors and skiing. He has tailored his education around the things he is motivated to learn and therefore is happy with his education. This seems like an easy thing to do. When I am teaching, allow the student to have some choice in the passage read, object of study, or finished product.
I am not sure yet how to make the 8 TLC’s part of my instruction but I am willing to try. I feel we must as educators or we 1) risk losing more minds like Logan’s from the classroom and 2) stifle the brilliant minds that are stuck in the traditional classroom.
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