Logan LaPlante is completely correct. Adults focus too much on what they want for their children, not what the children want for themselves. I mean, if you’re looking for an answer like neurosurgeon or businessman, go ask a genius baby or something. I feel that parents set their children’s goals for them, rather than asking what they want. I get that all the parents out there are trying to be good, well, parents. I get it, I really do. But if being good parents means trying to let them figure themselves out first, then I say go for it!
Being happy and healthy is a big, and I mean BIG, priority in my household. But as Logan said, it’s really not a priority in most schools. In my school it is mainly being healthy, but even then they give a Virginia fitness/wellness certificate out to everyone so, who knows, maybe they don’t even care about that! “School is a place to learn and have fun doing it!” they say. Again, what about being HAPPY and HEALTHY?!
Hackschooling is a good way of learning. It lets you learn the same things you would learn in traditional school, but lets you think in a different way. In other words, a creative way. Personally, I am pretty sure if I shared my mind process with the world, I would be labeled as, ‘The Creative Kid’. That is why I agree with Logan. In school, the main four things are; LA,M,S,and SS. Language arts,math, science, and social studies. That is supposed to be how we file our knowledge in our brains. The question that I ask myself every day is; Where is the space for creativity?
Nature is a must for most kids. But for most kids like me, it is a must that is rarely fulfilled. I spend most of my time telling myself to go outside, that is one half of me. The other lazy side always tells me it is too cold, too hot, or that I’ll just go tomorrow. Unfortunately, that tomorrow never comes. Don’t get me wrong, I love nature…..but, again, like most kids, I’ll be honest, I love television too. Nature should be a part of my, and everyone else’s, lifestyle. And hopefully, soon it will be.
Now, going to go back to the beginning. I feel that most kids would answer with; “I just want to be happy and healthy.” Not just because they feel like that is what those adults out there want to hear, because it is true. I haven’t ever put that much thought into it, but I guess that would be my answer too. Happy and healthy. Happy and healthy. Two simple everyday words. The eight things are, like time in nature, sort of split up. Me? I’ve checked off five of them from my list. How they’re slit up you ask? Some kids focus mainly on exercise, or religious and spiritual involvement, or any of the other eight. I feel that there shouldn’t be any borders, any cuts between the eight.
Basically, I definitely, completely, positively agree with Logan LaPlante.