When asked that all too familiar question, ‘What do you want to be when you grow up?’, 13 year-old Logan LaPlante does not say an astronaut, a businessman or a fire fighter. He says he wants to be happy. Logan suggests practicing eight lifestyle choices discussed by Dr. Roger Walsh.
- Diet and Nutrition
- Time in Nature
- Contribution and Service
- Relaxation and Stress Management
- Religion and Spiritual
Logan suggests that education is more about learning how to make a living rather than making a life. That schools don’t seem to prioritize how to be happy and healthy.
How do we embed happy and healthy into our schools?
Logan suggests hack-schooling. He describes hackers as innovators, suggesting that they naturally challenge and change things. He suggests that it is not just a way of thinking, but that hacking, is a mindset. Logan ‘hacks his education’ by taking advantage of opportunities to have creative, ‘out-of-the-box’ experiences.
As an educator, I believe that giving our children creative ways to learn and firing up their motivation to gain more knowledge, should be our mindset. Listening to our children, identifying how they learn and fostering that growth is our responsibility. Maybe we should consider the thoughts of this 13-year old boy, Logan LaPlante.
For more information on Dr. Roger Walsh’s 8 therapeutic lifestyle changes, please see his article titled Lifestyle and Mental Health