Логан Ла Плант на TEDx Университета Невады

when you're a kid you get asked this one particular question a lot it really gets kind of annoying what do you want to be when you grow up now adults are hoping for answers like I want to be an astronaut or I want to be a neurosurgeon you adults in your imaginations kids they're most likely to answer with pro skateboarder surfer or minecraft player I asked my little brother and he said seriously dude I'm ten I have no idea probably a pro skier let's go get some ice cream see us kids are going to answer is something we're stoked on what we think is cool well we have experience with and that's typically the opposite of what adults want to hear but if you ask a little kid sometimes they'll get the best answer something so simple so obvious and really profound when I grow up I want to be happy for me when I grow up I want to continue to be happy like I am now I'm stoked to be here at TEDx I mean I've been watching Ted videos for as long as I can remember but I never thought I'd make it on stage here so soon I mean I just became a teenager and like most teenage boys I spend most of my time wondering how did my room get so messy all on its own did I take a shower today and the most perplexing of all how do I get girls to like me neuroscientists say that the teenage brain is pretty weird our prefrontal cortex is underdeveloped but we actually have more neurons than adults which is why we can be so creative and impulsive and moody and get bummed out but what bums me out is to know that a lot of kids today are just wishing to be happy to be healthy to be safe not bullied and be loved for who they are so it seems to me when adults say what do you want to be when you grow up they just assume that you'll automatically be happy and healthy but maybe that's not the case go to school go to college get a job get married boom then you'll be happy right you don't seem to make learning how to be happy and healthy a priority in our schools it's separate from schools and for some kids it doesn't exist at all but what if we didn't make it separate what if we based education on the study and practice of being happy and healthy because that's what it is a practice and a simple practice at that education is important but why is being happy and healthy not considered education I just don't get it so I've been studying the science of being happy and healthy it really comes down to practicing these eight things exercise diet nutrition time and nature contributions service to others relationships recreation relaxation and stress management and religious or spiritual involvement yes got that one so these eight things come from dr. Roger Walsh he calls them therapeutic lifestyle changes or TLC's for short he's a scientist that studies how to be happy and healthy and researching this talk I got a chance to ask him a few questions like do you think that our schools today are making these eight TLC's a priority his response was no surprise it was essentially nope but he did say that many people do try to get this kind of education outside of the traditional arena they're reading and practices such as meditation or yoga but what I thought was his best response was that much of Education is oriented for better or worse towards making a living rather than making a life in 2006 Sir Ken Robinson gave the most popular TED talk of all time schools kill creativity his message is that creativity is as important as literacy and we should treat it with the same status a lot of parents watch those videos some of those parents like mine Kannada is one of the reasons they felt confident to pull their kids from traditional school to try something different I realized I'm part of this small but growing revolution of kids who are going about their education differently and you know what it freaks a lot of people out even though I was only nine when my parents pulled me out of the school system I can still remember my mom being in tears when some of her solar she was crazy and he was a stupid idea looking back I'm thankful she didn't cave to peer pressure and I think she is too so out of the two hundred million people people people that have watched Sir Ken Robinson's talk why aren't there more kids like me out there shane McConkey is my hero I loved him because he was the world's best skier but then one day I realized what I really loved about Shane he was a hacker not a computer hacker he act skiing his creativity and inventions made skiing what it is today and why I love to ski a lot of people think of hackers as geeky computer nerds who live in their parents basement and spread computer viruses but I don't see it that way hackers are innovators hackers are people who challenge and change the systems to make them work differently to make them work better it's just how they think it's a mindset I'm growing up in a world that needs more people with the hacker mindset and not just for technology everything is up for being hacked even skiing even education so whether it's Steve Jobs Mark Zuckerberg or shane McConkey having the hacker mindset can change the world healthy happy creativity in the hacker mindset are all a large part of my education I call it hack schooling I don't use any one particular curriculum and I'm not dedicated to any one particular approach I hacked my education I take advantage of opportunities in my community and through a network of my friends and family I take advantage of opportunities to experience 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 mash-up of learning it's flexible opportunistic and it never loses sight of making happy healthy and creativity a priority and here's the cool part because it's a mindset not a system hack schooling can be used by anyone even traditional schools so what does Highschool look like well it looks like Starbucks a lot of the time but like most kids I study a lot of math science history and writing I didn't use selector right because my teachers made me write about butterflies and rainbows and I wanted to write about skiing it was a relief when my good friends mom started the Squaw Valley kids Institute where I got to write through my experiences in my interests while connecting with great speakers from around the nation and that sparked my love of writing I realized that once you're motivated motivated to learn something you can get a lot done in a short amount of time and on your own Starbucks is pretty great for that hacking physics was fun we learned all about Newton and Galileo and some and we experienced some basic physics concepts like kinetic energy through experimenting and making mistakes my favorite was the giant Newton's Cradle that we made out of bowling balls I think no bocce balls we experimented with a lot of other things like bowling balls and even giant jawbreakers project discoveries ropes course is awesome and slightly stressful when you're 60 feet off the ground you have to learn how to handle your fears communicate clearly and most importantly trust each other community organizations play a big part in my education a hi-fi foundation's basics program being aware and safe in critical critical situations we spent a day with the Squaw Valley Ski Patrol to learn more about mountain safety then the next day we switch the science of snow weather and avalanches but most importantly we learned that making bad decisions puts you and your friends at risk young should talk what brings history to life you study a famous character in history until you can stand on stage and perform as that character and answer any question about their lifetime in this photo you see Al Capone and Bob Marley getting grilled with questions at the historical I have Piper's Opera House in Virginia City the same stage where Harry Houdini got his start time in nature is really important to me it's calm quiet and I get to just log out a reality I spend one day a week outside all day at my Fox Walker classes our goal is to be able to survive in the wilderness with just a knife we learned to listen to nature we learned to censor surroundings and I've gained a spiritual connection to nature that I never knew existed but the best part is that we get to make Spears bows and arrows fires with just a bow drill and survival shelters for the snowy nights when we camp out hanging out at the moment factory where they hand makes skis and design clothes has really inspired me to one day have my own business the guys at the factory has showed me why I need to be good at math be creative and get good at sewing so I got an internship at big truck brand to get better at design and sewing between fetching lunch scrubbing toilets and breaking their vacuum cleaner I'm getting to contribute to clothing design customizing hats and selling them the people who work there happy healthy creative and stoked to be doing what they're doing this is by far my favorite class so this is where I'm really happy patter days and it's a good metaphor for my life my education my hack schooling if everyone's give this mountain like most people think of education everyone would be skiing the same line probably the safest and most of the powder would go and touch I look at this and see a thousand possibilities dropping the cornice shredding the spine looking for a tranny from cliff to cliff skiing to me is freedom and so as my education it's about being creative doing things differently it's about community and helping each other it's about being happy and healthy among my very best friends so I'm starting to think I know what I might want to do when I grow up but if you ask me what do I want to be when I grow up I'll always know that I want to be happy thank you you