A Bodey in Motion

Building momentum, one step at a time

The Mindset of Education Hacking

Watch this TEDx talk by Logan LaPlante.

[via Make]

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.

March 7, 2013 Posted by | Marriage and Family, Past and Future, Politics and Other Insects | , , , , , , , | Comments Off on The Mindset of Education Hacking

Quick Hits of the Week

  • Writing your first home budget can be a challenge, especially if you’ve never really thought about all the possible goods and services that your household needs every month. Nothing is worse than getting to the middle of the month and realizing that you’ve forgotten to budget for pet food, or toiletries. To help avoid a surprise, I recommend working from a list like this one to start with. You may still miss something (this list excludes a house alarm, for example) but it’ll get your brain working about where your money is going.
  • I’m not quite up to eliminating 92% of my online arguments, but I’m a lot better than I’ve been in the past. The best thing that I learned to do was to wait until after my knee was done jerking around to start writing. A good 80% of the time that means I won’t feel like writing at all. I think Jon Acuff’s advice might be able to help me knock out that next 12%.

Is there something valuable or important or cool or funny or weird or awesome out there I missed this week? I can’t hit it all, but you should let me know about it by dropping me a line or sharing it in the comments below! I’d appreciate the heads up.

August 16, 2012 Posted by | Quick Hits and Links | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment