Hackschooling makes me happy | Logan LaPlante | TEDxUniversityofNevada

  • Published on Feb 13, 2013
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    When 13 year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal.
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Comments • 5 894

  • Joyce Belfort
    Joyce Belfort Day ago

    I loved the talk, incredibly articulated! That photo of him working with hats is branded as "child labour" if he's in Asia. *LOL*

  • abla hanan
    abla hanan 3 days ago

    a clearly intelligent, if not extremely precocious, adolescent. I just would like to see some of those sharp edges rounded off a little. He speaks well; so do many in our schools now, I have found as a teacher. I think schools are truly trying to develop and move with the times. No need to pull out; work within the system to improve it peaceably and collaboratively.

  • Yanni's love
    Yanni's love 7 days ago


  • Yanni's love
    Yanni's love 7 days ago

    i went from 7 years of public school and started i juat started home school and its wonderful! i enjoy it alot and i have gr8 social skills.

  • Robbie Cummins
    Robbie Cummins 7 days ago

    I'm a 11

  • Mohammad Omar
    Mohammad Omar 14 days ago

    Inspirational, Logan.

  • Display Name
    Display Name 15 days ago

    I was just entranced watching this

  • Guppy Gamer
    Guppy Gamer 17 days ago

    my favorite TEDx Talks yet

  • SALDEZ Zak
    SALDEZ Zak 22 days ago

    I think that we must as students learn to live and to adapt with new environments like she did

  • Cora Zon
    Cora Zon 23 days ago

    This is so beautiful I am a senior in high school and was able to get my first internship at my school you have to be a senior for internships its so beautiful that he gets the chance to do it at such a young age!

  • Mahi Sporsho
    Mahi Sporsho 23 days ago

    is this "he"? i thought that he was a girl, and was going to stalk!

  • Aqiel Luqman
    Aqiel Luqman 24 days ago

    Man this dude is really charismatic

  • Zachary Westhoff
    Zachary Westhoff 28 days ago

    When Anime traps are in real life too.

  • Wallace Brothers
    Wallace Brothers Month ago

    That girl is right! She is just amazing!

  • warcraft monk player

    This is a boy ? Lol

  • Robert J. Rice
    Robert J. Rice Month ago

    Still obvious that this kid had privileges that 99% of humanity doesn't have, though.

  • Mukund Govindarajan
    Mukund Govindarajan Month ago +1

    Did anybody else think he was a girl

  • Slumber!
    Slumber! Month ago

    What's wrong with people? Has hair length become the only determinant for the gender of children? Just because a young guy has long hair (which I think looks good btw) doesn't mean he's a girl. Come on.

  • Kathleen Hallam-Bushek

    AWESOME!!! ROCK ON LOGAN! Great presentation. I think everyone can grab their own "take' from this. This biggest one being: REFORM in education. There are a multitude of ways that the concept of Hacker Education can be applied. It CAN work- if you want it too!

  • igor oliveira
    igor oliveira Month ago


  • sean li
    sean li Month ago


  • Кристиан
    Кристиан Month ago

    Образование, образование, образование. Некоторые из нас особо не заморачиваются.
    Я например до сих пор не выучил английский... Не будьте как я. Серьезно.

  • erica luu
    erica luu Month ago

    y'all he glew uppppp

  • Sublivion
    Sublivion Month ago

    His voice is so high lmao

  • John S
    John S Month ago

    This young person should also be giving this talk to every grade school, and high school. First, in her city, and then the state, and grow outward.

  • CrewyMancher
    CrewyMancher Month ago +1

    For all of you i think that being a genuiss is doing your passion 😉

  • CrewyMancher
    CrewyMancher Month ago

    OMG.. you descriped my life
    right now im in grade 8 loving mathematic example trigonometry and algebra 2 Etc and getting readey for Calculus can't dam wait..
    And as a hobbie i love cosmology and most of all physics\quantum..
    Guess i being hackschooling the entire time.. and so true that you learn much more in google than school

  • ExclusivelyRyRy
    ExclusivelyRyRy Month ago

    This is so relevant! My sister and I talk about this all the time. How the school system kills our love of learning and makes us hate things we normally love. I'm 15 and would prefer to be home schooled but it isn't a possibility as my mother can't teach and neither can my father.
    We have found that the system they use doesn't really work for us and it would be so much better to learn on your own terms than just because you have too. There is so much to learn and it can be sooooooo fun but school kills any need for that basically creating a bunch of clone using a dumbed down curriculum so that people won't ask to many questions and become too smart. Every society brainwashes to keep control no matter what.
    I'm a hands on creative girl even if I'm not the best at them. What he's saying about being happy is sooo true no one every asks if your happy or if you think you won't be. It is just. Assumed that once you have gotten a job done school and become a family you just will be, but it really isn't that simple. I have soo much I could say about this but as lots of people probably won't care and I don't want to make this to long I'll stop short here.

  • Ibn Sina
    Ibn Sina Month ago

    She is so pretty

  • Pablo Forlan Valandro
    Pablo Forlan Valandro 2 months ago

    Portuguese Subtitle please! ;)

  • Alessandra Maeda
    Alessandra Maeda 2 months ago


  • The Gentleman Racer
    The Gentleman Racer 2 months ago

    You mean Home Schooling... but you just call it Hackschooling? Yeah ok.

  • Isabelle Le Guen
    Isabelle Le Guen 2 months ago

    I' m fascinated watching this video. Congratulations !

  • Rosetta Cole
    Rosetta Cole 2 months ago

    Why can't we be something now?

  • Spykidc Gaming
    Spykidc Gaming 2 months ago +1

    The fact that that 13 year old kid can stand up and talk in front of that large of an audience is just mind boggling.

  • Hayden Rackowski
    Hayden Rackowski 2 months ago

    I thought he was a girl first time I saw him

  • maltzXD
    maltzXD 2 months ago

    When my son was 3 he said he wanted to be a teacher. I guess he assumed he will be happy and healthy.

  • vsleboss cacakaka
    vsleboss cacakaka 2 months ago

    Before buying on gearbest, know that it's thieves.
    They do not repay,
    on google search for "Thieves Gearbest".

  • Aqu0
    Aqu0 2 months ago

    Well im glad im in Nevada

  • Oleksandr YAREMA
    Oleksandr YAREMA 2 months ago

    sounds good but not realistic for many imo. For example, one concern=how will she make a living and support herself (and her family if she chooses to have one)? She will have no formal education or degree making many job opportunities simply notaccessable. This means that what jobs would be left open? something I own my own business related? I can't think of many and business=extremely rewarding but also risky. Probably the majority of businesses fail

  • Tejas Pandey
    Tejas Pandey 2 months ago +1

    That face you make when you have sorted your life at 13

  • tintinismybelgian
    tintinismybelgian 3 months ago

    Contentment > Happiness

  • Ghost
    Ghost 3 months ago

    fact its not a boy

  • Fer Rodas
    Fer Rodas 3 months ago


  • iKonic #ikoncomeback2k17

    All I can say is damn

  • Urszula Mazurkiewicz
    Urszula Mazurkiewicz 3 months ago

    Huh? He is what? 11? And you wonder what GENDER is he?! What would you need this information for? I don't want to know...pervs

  • Mattaku Bodimasen
    Mattaku Bodimasen 3 months ago +1

    he is prettier than me

  • twins2play /Hannah
    twins2play /Hannah 3 months ago

    *screams internally*
    Man I want what he has.

  • sospss
    sospss 3 months ago

    Am I the only person who thought he was a girl.I think he knew thiswas coming that's why he kept saying he s a boy.

  • choco opposit
    choco opposit 3 months ago


    THEMAGGUY 3 months ago

    This has taught me so much that I didn't know and what I did know it made what was to something new and brighter, hack-schooling is the best education personally, it makes you an individual learner and shows your creativity in your passion or whatever it is you want to do. If you don't know what you're going to do, first think what CAN I do.

  • Black Black
    Black Black 3 months ago


  • Faraz Beg
    Faraz Beg 4 months ago

    1K dislikes? What's wrong with ppl?

  • william jakespeare
    william jakespeare 4 months ago

    I want to be happy and healthy when I'm grow up or maybe I want to be happy and healthy All the time.

  • Jo C
    Jo C 4 months ago

    "a lot of people think of hackers as geeky computer nerds that live in their parents basement and spread computer virus's"

  • Jo C
    Jo C 4 months ago

    i want to be a wildlife biologist and also a marine biologist also a politician and a scientist i want to also study the brain and germs. :-)

  • Skipper Sailor
    Skipper Sailor 4 months ago

    In the natural world i would say we log into a reality closer to our own true being...We are a part of nature too... ;)

  • Cipriana Leme
    Cipriana Leme 4 months ago

    Can you please enable community contributions so I can translate the transcript and allow people from Brazil to understand these videos?

  • Людмила Шкерина

    результаты (к модели Выпускника) Шкерина Л.В.


    достижения (как это видно?)

    оценивается (процедура)?

    достигается (технологии, места)?

    в портфолио

    к прогнозированию результатов

    Может построить прогноз
    результата, исходя из конкретных вводных (цели и условия их достижения)
    Аспекты (ключевые
    знания, умения)
    Знает основные методы и методики прогнозирования (экстраполяция,
    анализ причинных связей, экспертные оценки, математическое моделирование)
    Умеет осуществить прогноз результатов деятельности в
    конкретных условиях
    Владеет навыками использования основных методов прогнозирования
    результатов деятельности

    Тестирование, контент-анализ, экспертная
    оценка, самооценка

    Школьное объединение по интересам «Академия
    Кейс-метод, метод проектов, учебная деловая

    1. Проект

    «Прогноз результатов ЕГЭ», или другой важной
    для учащегося деятельности

    2. Статья
    или текст доклада на конференции (конкурсе)

  • Tiffany Thomas
    Tiffany Thomas 4 months ago

    I'm one of those parents that watched those Tedtalks on unschooling. Last Tuesday I took both my boys out of the public school system. The WASHOE COUNTY school system. You have two new peers, Logan. Great talk!

  • Adam A.
    Adam A. 4 months ago

    Show us how to hack education without the money for an alternative school. The only hacking I see is money hacking.

  • Tanay John
    Tanay John 4 months ago

    Did he really just say us kids want to be a mine craft player. I hate to break it to you but that is not true lol alot of kids actually have career choices

    • Tanay John
      Tanay John 4 months ago

      Who does kid hang out with because his pool of friends are completely different from kids nowadays

  • Laura Jane
    Laura Jane 4 months ago

    I'm literally watching twilight now, did anyone realise she got her intro off Jessica's speech? How original!

  • Kyle York
    Kyle York 4 months ago


  • miss Isra
    miss Isra 4 months ago

    This kid is WOW

  • Arwa Aljughaiman
    Arwa Aljughaiman 5 months ago +1

    It's a really gorgeous boy💕

  • Wise Bird
    Wise Bird 5 months ago


  • KOΛLΛ_ NET21
    KOΛLΛ_ NET21 5 months ago


  • Quackz Almighty
    Quackz Almighty 5 months ago

    I wanna be a street racer.

  • Jurie Weidemann
    Jurie Weidemann 5 months ago

    This is one of my favorite TED talks!

  • AdmissiveCloud
    AdmissiveCloud 5 months ago

    I thought this said Highscool makes me happy.

  • Crisscross
    Crisscross 5 months ago

    i did one of those online schools but i decided to go back to public school for some reasons.

  • Egg
    Egg 6 months ago

    I learned more from this video than I do in a school year

  • Васёк Сухов
    Васёк Сухов 6 months ago +1


  • François van der Westhuizen

    Oh this is a guy, for the first 2 minutes i thought it was a girl. Sorry mate.

  • François van der Westhuizen

    What the heck am i watching?

  • Avara Radik
    Avara Radik 6 months ago +1

    i do hacking just for fun, it make me look smarter...
    Without hacking there will be no improve in technology
    contact avararadik @ gmail . com for your hacking needs

  • Christal Marshall
    Christal Marshall 6 months ago

    this video changed EVERYTHING for me and made me want to homeschool for LIFE! and now I am! so thanks for making it!

  • ADerpyReality
    ADerpyReality 6 months ago

    As far as girls... Never say 'Come here often?' and become friends with guys and girls and be an interesting person. If you can't talk to whatever sex your interested in your likeliness of dating will be reduced because duh... Of course.

  • Paul
    Paul 6 months ago

    I'm the computer geek in his moms basement

  • bollyblob
    bollyblob 6 months ago

    so that kid had different education...seems watching alot of ted vids at a young age, at least mixing it up with school-wait, also different education than classics school, props to the parents for watching ted aswell,- can really make a difference

  • Lex
    Lex 6 months ago

    I was homeschooled, absolutely loved it. Now starting medical school in two weeks, and I credit everything I ever learned more to homeschooling than even my college degree. Can't wait to homeschool my kids someday. This kid is really on to something though, such insightfulness. His parents must be proud. :)

  • John Zee
    John Zee 6 months ago

    Excuse this, but, not having read commentary, my reaction is to compliment the parents. Allowing, making and teaching him to take responsibility for his own welfare, takes enormous courage. This is fundamental to those decisions. Without them, would he have been capable, without their support? Anyway, a great story. Please revisit in a few years.

  • Markus Maximus
    Markus Maximus 6 months ago

    1,888 slaves defending their master... It's not their fault, they just became so mindless dependant of them.

  • Linda Zhang
    Linda Zhang 7 months ago

    What a grounded kid

  • ATEVEN19688
    ATEVEN19688 7 months ago

    kindness bring happiness and healthy.

  • Ron Pleunis
    Ron Pleunis 7 months ago

    We have to teach our children to be happy, to be good at what they're good at by nature. Learn them basic skills and knowledge. Learn multiple languages. Learn to be a kid and how to stay that way. not what they learn now; be slave to business which keeps on going to be more and more dumb and dumber.

  • Libby Chase
    Libby Chase 7 months ago

    Oh wait it's a guy oh didn't know that

  • Angela Statum
    Angela Statum 7 months ago

    This will make you think. It is inspiring and helpful information.

  • Jungkook is Bae
    Jungkook is Bae 7 months ago


  • Jungkook is Bae
    Jungkook is Bae 7 months ago +2

    We need more people like him...

  • Pine Apple
    Pine Apple 7 months ago


  • Vayne Solidor
    Vayne Solidor 7 months ago

    she's 13... i feel pathetic right now!

  • Ari Trette
    Ari Trette 7 months ago

    I like this Dudes talk

  • Faceless
    Faceless 7 months ago

    i dont get 1 thing..hes a boy right?

  • Edwin Rmz
    Edwin Rmz 7 months ago +1

    Excelente :)

  • The One Above All
    The One Above All 8 months ago

    Thought he was a girl.....

    IDK why, but he looks like a girl, just sayin

  • andro anacris
    andro anacris 8 months ago

    The only thing that i learn in my school and actually helps: How to dont be stupid when theres a gunfight :l (i live in Veracruz)

  • Gabriela Amin
    Gabriela Amin 8 months ago +1

    I'd probably have better social skills if I was homeschooled. The school sI studied were full of bullying of all kinds (including racism and sexual harassment). I've never been in any environment so hostile as school.
    Everything that school "socialization" teaches you is that it's normal to be disrespected every single day.

  • Johnny Bruh
    Johnny Bruh 8 months ago

    What gender is this thing?