Watch this TEDx talk by Logan LaPlante.
First of all, this is a solid eleven minutes by a remarkable young man. At 13 years old, he has a clearer vision of his future, and how to educate himself to be ready for that future, than most of the hundreds of people who sit in cubicles around me every day at work do. His parents deserve huge praise for raising him with such a creative spirit and drive to learn.
I look at a kid like Logan, and I can’t help but see a revolution coming in education over the next decade. Choice has become the word of the day. The status quo is being abandoned for new options, and minds are flourishing. Classrooms look more like Starbucks, and the curriculum is hacked together using the material and opportunities available, and in an age where information can be accessed with just a few keystrokes, there are a lot of materials and opportunities available.
That future probably doesn’t make everyone excited. There are a lot of tough questions that still need to be answered. The status quo is well entrenched. But every problem is an opportunity to improve. So, I’m looking forward to it, and I bet Logan is, too.
It’s all about the mindset.