If you haven’t seen the TEDx video, “Hackschooling Makes Me Happy,” you need to watch it.
As a future educator, I am constantly being taught about the current educational system and the practices that are being used in the American public school system. While I recognize that it is crucial to learn this in the early stages of my teaching career, I do think that it is also important to let young teachers explore other techniques to use in the classroom.
Yes. Hacking gets a bad rap, and many people are skeptical about allowing play into the classroom when students are in school to work. But I think that the simple fact that the former statement can be made shows how much our view of education needs to change.
School is life, and life is school.
We spend so much of the best time of our lives sitting in a classroom. The Hackschooling approach to education operates under this understanding, and tries to make school a fun experience that will benefit the mental and physical part of a person.
Likewise, this article by Bud Hunt takes a similar approach to education.
While some educators see play and more unusual forms of education as unnecessary or even a waste of time. However, there are loads of studies out there that would suggest that this is not the case. Students need to be interested in the things that they are learning about. When students are interested in the things that they are learning about, they are more likely to be mentally engaged in the learning process.
It is also important for students to learn in a way that interests them. In the TEDx video, Logan stated that he was uninterested in writing until he started writing about what interested him. When he could write about the things that he enjoyed, it was much more interesting for him and he was not only more willing to learn but he enjoyed the learning process much more.
When we are teaching students, it must be our primary goal to teach students in a way that gives them a passion for learning. If we do not teach in a way that benefits the students and encourages them to be lifetime learners, are we really helping them? If students leave our classrooms dreading the next class period where they will have to learn again, are we helping these students succeed or are we harming the lives of our students?