If Schools don’t tailor for you, tailor it for yourself

13 year old Logan Laplante tells us how he “hackschooled” his way into a tailor made education program that suited him best and the results, so far, seem obvious. Ultimately his message is that it’s about personal health and happiness (something all Parents generally wish for their Kids) and that doing something that inspires you personally will deliver better results with emphasis on physical and mental fitness, not just academic results. While this isn’t news to many of us we somehow don’t seem to practice this enough, especially with our children as they sit in the classroom going through a standardized curriculum 8 hours a day (not to mention ECA). Listen to his inspiring speech to learn more.

While there is naturally a lot of praise for this eloquent and smart young teenager, I think not enough credit has been given to his presumably very proud and happy parents. Afterall, it was their decision to change the program and go against the mainstream of “drone” education and it takes a lot of courage to do this especially because it is taking a relatively big chance on your Kids. Bravo to the Laporte’s (as a family).

Children’s learning styles in the 21st Century

This is my speech at the Dr. Louise Porter Conference held in Hong Kong earlier this year were I raise some of our thoughts and ideas behind Children’s learning styles in the 21st century as part of our Thinkblaze initiative. In general I advocate for more responsible technology use in the family, rather than less and discuss concepts of how our children are affected with todays technology, videogames and internet use. The full blog post on the topic with all the videos can also be seen at: http://bit.ly/1a0assw