By: Krystle Crossman
Logan LaPlante’s parents made the tough decision to pull him from traditional schooling at the age of 9. His mother would cry at times because her friends told her that she was making a horrible mistake. But she pushed through and kept Logan at home. Now at the age of 13, Logan has been on stage at a TEDx conference with some of the brightest minds in the country. He gave an amazing and inspiring speech about what leaving traditional education did for him.
Logan started his speech by saying that kids get really tired of hearing the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” He answers that he wants to be happy. He thinks that more people should be able to say this. Unfortunately that is creative thinking with is often squashed by traditional schools. Children are not allowed to study what they are interested in. They are not able to explore and see all that the world has to offer. They are stuck and unable to contribute ideas. Logan said that he was really glad that his mother did not cave to peer pressure and send him back to school.
The thing that Logan loves the most is skiing. His mother has allowed him to incorporate this in his education and he is thriving. He has an internship currently with a clothing design firm where he has been able to design and make a few custom pieces of his own. He states that everyone that works there is happy, healthy, and is excited to be where they are. His mother incorporates trips to the mountains to learn about sudden weather changes, how emergencies are dealt with on the mountain, and the way that things work.
Taking this young boy out of the school system has been one of the best things that his parents could have done for him because he is now happy, healthy, and is excited to see what the future holds for him.