http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h11u3vtcpaY I came across this video when reading the most recent Edutopia blog. I encourage you to set-aside twelve minutes to watch it. In this video, Logan proves that there is more than one way to get an excellent education. Options in education are available and attainable.
Logan LaPlante is a teen full of life, inspiration and passion. He is a self-described hackschooler who is sculpting his personal and unique path to happiness. Logan clearly has family, friends, educators and supporters who are open-minded about education and understand that education is not a one-size-fits-all experience. These role-models have enabled Logan to navigate his customized educational path. Kudos to Logan and to those supporting him on his journey.
Hackschooling is a term that was coined by Logan LaPlante in his Tedx speech. Logan describes hackschooling as "hacking school" - breaking it down into small pieces so that it may be improved. The best innovators are those who think outside the box and find better ways to accomplish a goal. By “hacking school” Logan is building his own, improved and customized model of education.
In 2013, I started EdNavigators with the hacking mindset. My goal as an educator has always been to customize education and help each student I work with find and implement the educational/life-path that matches his or her unique self. My mission is to help students, like Logan, navigate their own educational paths. I offer my teaching skills, knowledge of the educational process and personal experience to guide each student on his or her journey. I enjoy the variety of working with students from different backgrounds and all school environments including homeschoolers, hackschoolers and unschoolers.
I wish the happiest of holidays to all of the students and families with whom I have worked this year. I wish you the very best on your education and life path and feel fortunate have the opportunity to guide you in discovering your dreams and making them a reality.
Without my own supportive family, friends, educators, and supporters, EdNavigators would not exist. Thank you for everything. I wish you all true happiness and a life of purpose. Make your dreams a reality in the year ahead.
Sandy Aprahamian, Owner, Independent Educational Consultant, EdNavigators