Out the Door With Common Core – Look At What ‘Hackschooling’ Has in StorePosted by J Craig on December 6, 2013
Many of you may have heard by now what Common Core is and why it is harmful to our children’s education. We realize that it destroys creativity and attempts to redefine the learning methods of all children. It is a government takeover and intrusion into the lives of our children in so many ways, but it also wants them to act as if they are robots. Common Core is a very bad idea for America and it will do much more harm than good to our public education system.
Common Core will do exactly what many failing public schools do today, which is try to make each child learn in the exact same manner. This is not right nor is it fair to use the words of the left. What is then? Freedom. Educational freedom. School choice and giving the power to the parents to decide what is right for their child is fair. Give power to the states and local communities, so they can communicate more efficiently and effectively with the children and their parents. Government does not know how to be efficient as most of us know. Common Core takes away all of this. It removes creativity and forces educators to give a government mandated curriculum all while leaving our children uninterested and feeling let down.
Our children should be able to use their unique skill sets and creativity that God blessed them with to excel throughout their educational journey. Common Core puts a stop to this. All children do not want to grow up to be the same and they certainly do not all learn the same. Take 13-year-old Logan LaPlante for example as he simply wants to be happy. A young freeskier who enjoys his education, which sadly many kids cannot say the same. He has a unique way of learning, which he calls “Hackschooling”. Take a listen to young Logan as he takes the stage at the University of Nevada for his TEDx talk about his education. 11 minutes that are definitely worth your while.
I’m not tied to one particular curriculum, and I’m not dedicated to one particular approach. I hack my education. I take advantages of opportunities in my community and through a network of my friends and family. I take advantage of opportunities toexperience what I’m learning, and I’m not afraid to look for shortcuts or hacks to get a better, faster result. It’s like a remix or a mashup of learning. … And here’s the cool part: because it’s a mindset, not a system, hackschooling can be used by anyone, even traditional schools.
This young man is confident, intelligent, and full of wisdom far beyond his years. He is not your typical 13 year old and this is because he has the ‘freedom’ to learn in a way traditional schooling does not allow or condone. His parents used their freedom to pull him from ‘public education’ because they knew what was best for their son, not the federal government. He is proof that our children do not learn the same way and they should not be kept from such methods. Common Core does the exact opposite and more than likely will not produce these kinds of results.
Out the door with Common Core and look at what Hackschooling has in store.
Hackschooling makes me happy. – Logan LaPlante
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