Tuesday, January 21, 2014


Today I found something interesting in my newsfeed that Jacksgap had posted. It was a video that TEDxTalks had upload on YouTube about a 13 year old who has dropped out of school, who simply want to be happy in life.

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. If you would like to know more please click on the link. http://www.ted.com/tedx
About Logan

Logan LaPlante is a 13 year old, that believes when he grow up he wants to be happy and healthy. And knows that public schooling will not help him achieve that. So his parents decide to take him out of school when he was 9 years. He discusses how hacking his education has help him to achieve his goal of becoming a happy and healthy person, buy doing what he loves all the time.

Photo from: http://www.motleyhealth.com/blog/8-tlcs-hacking-life-logan-laplante

He talk about how happy and healthy is not considered in the education system today. He discusses in order to have a happy and healthy life you must have the following:

These are called TLC's or Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes 

Diet & Nutrition
Time in Nature
Contribution & Service to the community
Relaxation & Stress Management
Religious & Spiritual

His Schooling Involves

Picture From: http://www.motleyhealth.com/blog/8-tlcs-hacking-life-logan-laplante

Which have been designed by Dr Roger Walsh called “Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes” or TLC’s. Here is a little insight of what he talk about in his write up.

Exercise offers physical benefits that extend over multiple body systems.  It  reduces the risk of multiple disorders, including cancer, and is therapeutic for physical disorders ranging from cardiovascular diseases to diabetes to prostate cancer (Khaw et al., 2009; Ornish et al., 2008). 

Diet and Nutrition
There is now considerable evidence of the importance of nutrition for mental health, and an extensive review of over 160 studies suggests that dietary factors are so important that the mental health of nations may be linked to them (Gomez-Pinilla, 2008).

Imagine a therapy that had no known side effects, was readily available, and could improve your cognitive functioning at zero cost. Such a therapy has been known to philosophers, writers, and laypeople alike: interacting with nature. Many have suspected that nature can promote improved cognitive functioning and overall well-being, and these effects have recently been documented (Berman, Jonides, & Kaplan, 2008, p. 1207).
The idea that good relationships are central to both physical and mental wellbeing is an ancient theme, now supported by considerable research.  Rich relationships reduce health risks ranging from the common cold to stroke, mortality, and multiple psychopathologies. On the positive side, good relationships are associated with enhanced happiness, quality of life, resilience, cognitive capacity, and perhaps even wisdom ( Fowler & Christakis, 2008; Jetten, Haslam, Haslam, & Branscombe, 2009). 

Reaction & Enjoyable activities
Through experiences of positive emotions people transform themselves, becoming more creative, knowledgeable, resilient, socially integrated, and healthy individuals (Fredrickson, 2002, p. 123).                                                                                 

Relaxation and Stress Management
Even though stress is universal, few people are trained in managing it.  In addition, humans now face an array of novel stressors for which there are no evolutionary or historical precedents.  Many people therefore respond unskilfully or even self-destructively, aided and abetted by pervasive unhealthy influences such as advertising, media role models, and novel psychoactive drugs (Buss, 2000).

Religious & Spiritual Involvement
Religious and spiritual concerns are vitally important to most people and most patients. Some 90% of the world’s population engages in religious or spiritual practices, these practices are a major means of coping with stress and illness, and most patients say that they would welcome their health professionals inquiring about religious issues (Koenig, 2002). 

Contribution & Service
From ancient times, service and contribution to others have been regarded as virtues that can benefit both giver and receiver (Walsh, 1999).

These paragraphs were taken from a word Document. Just to give and little insight to the writings of Dr Roger Walsh’s TLC’s. For further information: www.drrogerwalsh.com/wp-content/.../Lifestyle-Mental-Health-40.doc

Logan's Video 

Logan has a goal and he has set his sights in completing it! Give 12 minutes of your time to watch the whole video. I think this is revolutionary, what Logan is doing. 

I hope that I can find something like this when I have children. Because today schooling system is not giving the future generation how to simply budget or to invest. I don’t want homeschool my children purely because of today society. Hack schooling is something definitely worth considering, because I want my children to be able to study the things that interest them. Although the public school system has done a great job up to now. You have to ask yourself has bullying decrease? Are teenager leaving school with knowing what they want in a career? It something worth considering about!