Hackschooling makes me happy | Logan LaPlante | TEDxUniversityofNevada

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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: 6 793

  • The One Above All
    The One Above All 20 hours ago

    Thought he was a girl.....





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

  • andro anacris
    andro anacris 2 days 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 days ago

    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 10 days ago

    What gender is this thing?

  • awkward viking
    awkward viking 11 days ago

    How is he so good at public speaking already, all I do is shake like some goddamn chihuahua HOW.

  • awkward viking
    awkward viking 11 days ago

    How is he so good at public speaking already, all I do is shake like some goddamn chihuahua HOW.

  • AsianzGotPlayz
    AsianzGotPlayz 13 days ago

    Now as soon as I saw this child I could help but think it was a girl. But on the other hand I couldn't decide if it was a dude. So instead of actually listening to the child I was making up my mind of which gender he/ she is. Now if any of you are triggered feminists saying they are transexual but that's a load of bs.

  • Matej Radovan
    Matej Radovan 15 days ago

    i am to hacker and i love it like you

  • hahaha pilipala
    hahaha pilipala 15 days ago

    He is individual

  • ABDILLAHI ADAM WAIS
    ABDILLAHI ADAM WAIS 15 days ago

    from djibouti well done

  • M.C. Koala
    M.C. Koala 16 days ago

    i really don't get, It seems like school's have more time to explain why grass is green, rather how to do our fucking taxes.

  • Nassir Rashed
    Nassir Rashed 20 days ago

    thank you excellent job love it u great

  • LowmaxTv
    LowmaxTv 21 day ago

    1866 people still sleeping

  • Aspect
    Aspect 22 days ago

    It's cringy seeing a 10 year old saying "Us kids do this and do that"

  • JN 70
    JN 70 23 days ago

    I like hacking cus i like taking over stuff/controlling stuff

  • JN 70
    JN 70 23 days ago

    I learn and make more friends on video games/internet more than school

  • nadia shami
    nadia shami 25 days ago

    my question is - how did he get invited to speak at TedX?

  • AngelCataleya
    AngelCataleya 26 days ago

    I wonder what he is like now :)

  • Hunter Martinez
    Hunter Martinez 27 days ago

    I'm in a private schooling system I know you think rich kid but I go on a scholarship I thought that private schools were supposed to teach you common sense you know like how to feed a family how to change a tire about real world problems but it seems like test essay project the only difference between my school and any public school is the uniforms and the teachers don't Wright on the board

  • DemonicStarGazer Cosplay

    I can agree with Him on a spiritual level !
    And Im not sitting Any exams .. and this kid taught me something more Than my teachers saying "dont worry you always have collage to go to"

  • Sunny Blaze
    Sunny Blaze 27 days ago

    I wonder who made our schooling system. I would really appreciate a change in our school just like the kid says and make it more practical,fun and informative.

  • Random Swagger
    Random Swagger 28 days ago

    Hold on i thought he was a girl lol

  • Jason Sykes
    Jason Sykes 28 days ago

    Steve Jobs did not have the hacker mindset, he had the thieves mind set.

  • Joseph La Plante
    Joseph La Plante 29 days ago

    Well said cousin!!

  • Sam cross
    Sam cross 1 month ago

    I WILL NOT GO TO COLLAGE

  • Sam cross
    Sam cross 1 month ago

    I want to be a sword shaman

  • Jumanah Idris
    Jumanah Idris 1 month ago

    Success is to find a way to break out of the chains school confined you to.

  • zefalosss Channel closed !

    #nohate i found out he is a boy when he said that on 1:31 ...

  • jazzyjake99
    jazzyjake99 1 month ago

    So basically, you're a rich kid that is homeschooled. Wow.

  • Sky
    Sky 1 month ago

    Do you have to pay to go to that school?

  • FBx Zenix
    FBx Zenix 1 month ago

    He's a smart 13 year old

  • bittylol !
    bittylol ! 1 month ago

    this inspired me people sometimes think I'm weird for this but I wanna be an airforce officer. and you may be thinking oh cool! but I'm 11 and in 5th grade and it makes some people PROUND and some people just like "that's to gory stick with the usual a veterinarian like other kids" or "your to tall you now there's a limit" but you now you be what you wanna be and don't let anyone put you down as long as it ain't stealing or something bad XD .. and the Maine things I get in my head from what other kids mostly boys say to me "your a girl you can't do that" but you now what if your a girl and get this hate walk away okay GIRLS CAN DO GREAT THINGS AND IF HUMANITY CANT ACCEPT THAT WELL WHO CARES GIRLS ARE JUST AS GOOD AS BOYS AND NEVER FORGET IT !!! thank you if you read this all apriciate it god bless you

  • bittylol !
    bittylol ! 1 month ago

    this inspired me people sometimes think I'm weird for this but I wanna be an airforce officer. and you may be thinking oh cool! but I'm 11 and in 5th grade and it makes some people PROUND and some people just like "that's to gory stick with the usual a veterinarian like other kids" or "your to tall you now there's a limit" but you now you be what you wanna be and don't let anyone put you down as long as it ain't stealing or something bad XD .. and the Maine things I get in my head from what other kids mostly boys say to me "your a girl you can't do that" but you now what if your a girl and get this hate walk away okay GIRLS CAN DO GREAT THINGS AND IF HUMANITY CANT ACCEPT THAT WELL WHO CARES GIRLS ARE JUST AS GOOD AS BOYS AND NEVER FORGET IT !!! thank you if you read this all apriciate it god bless you

  • Ziyue Tang
    Ziyue Tang 1 month ago

    I like potatoes!🥔🥔🥔🥔🥔

  • Abbegale Sparks
    Abbegale Sparks 1 month ago

    Thank you Logan you are my hero ☺️☺️☺️😊☺️😊☺️😊😊😊😊☺️😊☺️

  • Galaxy Dreams
    Galaxy Dreams 1 month ago

    YASS DA THIRTEEN YEAR OLD GETS DA TED TALK

    • Galaxy Dreams
      Galaxy Dreams 1 month ago

      I just realised this is a video about life hacks.


  • Only Isabelle
    Only Isabelle 1 month ago

    Yes, he is a lucky rich kid and not everyone can have the opportunities he has, but that's the point he is trying to make. We need to change the system to include practical learning. In my school, every lesson that I have had, from the age of 11 to the age of 16 has been entirely focused on learning content for exams, yes I am might get As or A*s in my GCSEs but what does that matter? The lessons that this kid has learnt hold so much more value that the one's I have learnt. I could not imagine standing in front of a large group of people and talking about my opinions- I did a speaking and listening in English in front of 4 people about my opinions and I was shaking and fighting back tears. In education, you get what you measure, and if we measure how well someone can pass a test, then no one is learning anything. He is saying we need to teach about happiness and creativity. Yes, not everyone can have the opportunities he has and that's the point. We need to create a system that encompasses creative subjects, practical experiences, life lessons and academic work and values students not on the grades they get in exams but how they have developed as a person. If only the rich kids can afford to 'hack school' and receive a well-rounded education then we are enforcing a class division and making it harder for people to escape poverty. It is not difficult to change the curriculum to address this issue but the reason nothing's happened is because the people in power are disconnected from the issues that they are trying to correct, how many of them went to 'normal' state schools? This kid is proof that pressure for achieving amazing exam results does not make you clever or intelligent but it is what you experience and how you process it, and we need to listen.

  • jack miller
    jack miller 1 month ago

    This presentation was definitely written for him

  • Az Will
    Az Will 1 month ago

    I started online school and I've learned, not to much school stuff, but learned alot about coding and cyber things

  • Grendel Sloth
    Grendel Sloth 1 month ago

    This dude is going places

  • Motitoti
    Motitoti 1 month ago

    Wait, he's a male?!

  • Mwada Hani
    Mwada Hani 1 month ago

    why we don't like school?

  • Patrick Pace
    Patrick Pace 1 month ago

    I am in grade 6 I will ask my teachers on a daily basis "how will this apply to life and or career" normally they will say oh if you want to blank blank or blank then you will need this stuff. So to get back at them what I will do is when we take tests I will doodle and illiterate stuff. If in science we are learning about astriods I will draw a detailed picture on the top right hand corner of an astriod entering the atmosphere and a dinosaur looking at it. On any test I will draw things that are related to it. On a social studies test draw a picture of a gravestone and write on it sandy has contracted disentary. This is a refernce to the game oregan trail. So this video is a good example that there is still a hope. my parents tested me for gifted straight 100s exect for creativity which I made a buch of circles into a control pad that launches nukes now they saw that as not good enough. the one kid that did get in made a giant game of dots. Are you serious. The school system is messed up and we need to fix it. My friends and I disscus this at lunch every day.

  • HippyHoneyBees
    HippyHoneyBees 1 month ago

    this kid has his life figured out and here i am graduating in a year having no clue what to do

  • Autumn Good
    Autumn Good 1 month ago

    I'm glad I found someone I can relate to!
    Thank you for the brilliant talk, dude

  • Steve Gaming
    Steve Gaming 1 month ago

    because there is more like you.

  • cpiercew24
    cpiercew24 1 month ago

    I think its great that this kid has the kind of support that affords him these opportunities, but it isn't a reality for most kids. How do we create these kinds of opportunities in an accessible way that every child can grow from? And does that responsibility fall onto the shoulders of educators, parents, or policy makers? Actually to answer my own question its all of the above... but policymakers clearly don't have anyone's best interest in mind except their own, teachers are criminally undervalued and unequipped, and parents are often too busy or don't have the resources to provide the care and encouragement their kids need.

    So I propose we kidnap all children to take all of the variable factors at home out of the equation, have them all in boarding schools where they get to choose their curriculum (to a degree) and stop telling kids that they have to conform to a broken societal standard that, for over a hundred years, has just produced miserable worker bees that are forcing the world into a darker and darker place.


    This may qualify as "state-sponsored brainwashing" but if you let me lead :)it I promise the results will be some of the smartest, happiest, most successful children (and ultimately, adults) the world has known. ;)

  • Toxic Elephant
    Toxic Elephant 1 month ago

    wow... I agree to every thing you say.

  • ha hoang
    ha hoang 1 month ago

    so amazing

  • Holly Keefer
    Holly Keefer 1 month ago

    That one made me smile :D

  • Jerry Hubbard
    Jerry Hubbard 1 month ago

    I'm old and retired. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up!

  • Molly Hash Browns
    Molly Hash Browns 1 month ago

    I'm sorry but I thought he was a girl...

  • ashesforyou
    ashesforyou 2 months ago

    I am proud of this kid- I may not know him but the way he was brought up is amazing. The ways that he has learned throughout the years actually makes me feel jealous. I am a 17 year old girl, who just found out this way of living. I wish I had found it sooner but, I am glad I found it.

  • Trang Dau
    Trang Dau 2 months ago

    This talk reminds me of Captain Fantastic!

  • The Last Of Us / Fan
    The Last Of Us / Fan 2 months ago

    When I first saw this dude I thought he was a chick..
    Cuz he had a high pitch voice and longs hair. Shut up you feminist, typically girls have higher voice and longer hair than men so save it and take it to some on who cares...
    Anyone else think this kid was a girl? Don't be afended by the way, he cool

  • First Avenger
    First Avenger 2 months ago

    I'm I the only one that thought this dude was a girl?

  • I B H O P I R L who cares

    school is the fucking useless tutorial you try to get out at the begining of a video game ! 20 years to get out of it, feelsbadman :p

  • I B H O P I R L who cares

    Cute talk !

  • Kimchi Koalaa
    Kimchi Koalaa 2 months ago

    I just want to be Terrence Tao, it makes me happy... but I'm already 16 and haven't got any got medals for math Olympiad

  • Random Realistic Tone
    Random Realistic Tone 2 months ago

    His cheeks are so pink!

  • Yabz
    Yabz 2 months ago

    One of the eight things is religious, like yeah believing in something which gives kids cancer is going to make u happy and believing in something which there is no proof for is going to make u happy and healthy? The injustice and lies of religion shouldn't be given to kids. Like Ricky gervais said " I think if we never taught religion till everyone was 21 then the world would be different". Religion won't make u happy kid

  • Facuu Robles
    Facuu Robles 2 months ago

    Zoy putoooooooooo

  • TheXpertGuy
    TheXpertGuy 2 months ago

    Is it a boy or girl please tell..

  • Link isback
    Link isback 2 months ago

    That was the best speech from a kid I have ever heard

  • simon khuu
    simon khuu 2 months ago

    didn't expect much... He's great!!!

  • Faze Away
    Faze Away 2 months ago

    what the crap is this crap

  • AKzebraMiner
    AKzebraMiner 2 months ago

    The description says she's a boy, the comments are saying he's a boy except the replies... IS SHE A BOY OR GIRL

  • Makiyah Wiggins
    Makiyah Wiggins 2 months ago

    oml he's like 4yrs aloser than me now😂😂😂

  • Harty Party
    Harty Party 2 months ago

    He's going to wind up as s snowboard instructor at 'sqaw valley' . Living with 6 roommates , smoking Bongs 24/7, wondering why nobody in the real world thinks he's 'so smart' like his enabling parents do!!!good luck jeff spicoli!!!!

  • Bayu Saputra
    Bayu Saputra 2 months ago

    Everybody wanna be happy, the question is how?

  • Aeon's Blue Aether of the Sixth Realm

    This kid has more public speaking skills then I do and I'm 28 years old. FML. Very mature and confident for his age, I am impressed.

  • Angel Yael
    Angel Yael 2 months ago

    School has given me so many problems.
    I have social anxiety
    I have trust issues
    I literally get yelled at by teachers for having social anxiety. I have had sooooooo many fake friends.
    I have been bullied by both students and by a teacher.
    I have become the most stressed out, socially nervous wreck. So thanks school, now I can't make any friends, order at a restaurant, eat in front of other people, or try anything new.

  • Darkness Unleashed
    Darkness Unleashed 2 months ago

    Wait a second I thought he was a GIRL!!

  • Kayla Bradley
    Kayla Bradley 2 months ago

    Wait da hell hes a boy I thought he was a girl!

  • wallinp
    wallinp 2 months ago

    I wanna put some girl's clothes on him

  • Josbra
    Josbra 2 months ago

    I mean this was the best speech on Ted ever. I feel so inspired.

    DUDE U ROCK

  • محمد المصطفى

    I like this girl

  • Les Oldenhave
    Les Oldenhave 2 months ago

    This is practically how parents should prepare their child for adulthood.

  • Macintoshgetti But without Ravioli

    This kid is so weird. Quite intelligent but weird.

  • Naomi The best
    Naomi The best 3 months ago

    Who's watching in 2017

  • Thatboybrady 13
    Thatboybrady 13 3 months ago

    I'm only in 7th grade but I love learning computers. We have a class in schools called computer apications they only teach you how to type at least in 7th I'm not sure about other grades. But so far they should teach you more and the computer such as what makes it work how to put different things on USBs inc. comment if you agree or disagree

  • Ivan Dub Brickfilms
    Ivan Dub Brickfilms 3 months ago

    I have an exam tomorrow and I haven't learned anything. What am I doing here?

  • TMinus Neutron
    TMinus Neutron 3 months ago

    His knowledge of neuroscience was really impressive.

  • Sophie Diogo
    Sophie Diogo 3 months ago

    i'm 13 years old and i'am in a traditional school but i don't like it. this sooo right !!

  • MrSoSo HD
    MrSoSo HD 3 months ago

    He's hot...

  • Giau Hanh
    Giau Hanh 3 months ago

    honestly if i had a choice, i rather go to school tbh

  • Poxy Productions
    Poxy Productions 3 months ago

    this is boy!?
    ooo...

  • MEGSTER メグスター

    What a cool kid!! :D This was awesome!!

  • Emilia Scott
    Emilia Scott 3 months ago

    I can't wait to move to LA oh my fucking god I am so exited to homeschool my children oh my god oh my god oh my god

  • Diana Ungureanu
    Diana Ungureanu 3 months ago

    I agree that kids should learn more useful for life skills than they do in schools. But who decides what is useful and what not? Is ski useful? Does it make you independent?
    In an ideal world none of us should separate working from working out and from entertainment and we should make the least amount of pollution. Ski is a useless part of the consumerist world we live in today. Rich people destroy some forests to make slopes, use expensive electricity to go up the mountain and than they go down to get their adrenaline dose. They also need expensive and always updated equipment which puts another pressure onto the environment.
    We should probably all be learning how to work the land the traditional way. And also our clothes out of natural fabrics. This would make us really invulnerable in case of a disaster. We probable won't have as much adrenaline but do we really need any? We certainly would have a body as fit as if we did skiing. We could also ski from time to time but only by going uphill by foot and using natural hand-made equipment.

  • Cool Cube
    Cool Cube 3 months ago

    These are the kind of TED talks that constantly made me wanna drop out of school

  • Ishamel Skosana
    Ishamel Skosana 3 months ago

    is she single? where the tits

  • edward mills
    edward mills 3 months ago

    Pretty amazing no matter how you want to see it.

  • blissfulpetrichor
    blissfulpetrichor 3 months ago

    Really disgusted by the sheep in the comments who aren't actually watching the video, they're just "looking" at it and have to point out the( obvious )boy looks like a girl. He's definitely a boy, there's not even a second where I thought he was a she. he's 13 so he's not going to sound like a man, he's going to sound like a kid. what else makes him look like a girl? his pink hat? he hasn't been brainwashed like yourselves into thinking pink is for girls and blue is for boys. colors are just colors and people are just people. they aren't objects and they certainly don't need to wear certain things because the media tells them to. get a grip, open your eyes

  • Kaiserness
    Kaiserness 3 months ago

    This kid has really inspired me. I remember coming home crying every day at 7 years old because my teacher would bully me every day. I dropped out of school, joined a local Co - Op, which led me to riding horses. This is where I met my future best friend, and one of my other friends inspired me to warp my personality to the hilarious and comedic personality I have today.I went into homeschooling, and I am currently learning Geometry and College Physics at 12.

    • Rasaki
      Rasaki 3 months ago

      If you're doing A.I. (better to study Cognitive Science as a whole) Make sure you learn Python and it's a good idea to learn C/C++ Go for it...


    • Kaiserness
      Kaiserness 3 months ago

      Currently I'm quite interested in A.I development, I'm learning Java, I know French, and wear vests scarves and am currently practicing Public Speech and Essays.


  • Zeng Fong
    Zeng Fong 3 months ago

    It might well be one of those win the war but lose the battle thing , the system is old for a or many reasons than meets the eyes and common minds

  • KidzRGamerz
    KidzRGamerz 3 months ago

    Good! You be a hacker, I be an author!

  • Mari Cordova
    Mari Cordova 3 months ago

    this kid is my inspiration, I'm only 17 😢😭

    • Mari Cordova
      Mari Cordova 3 months ago

      +Indiaboo well thank you for that kind advice.


    • Indiaboo
      Indiaboo 3 months ago

      Mari Cordova I'm in no way trying to sound mean, but if he did something instead of only complaining about his life and he's 13, you can do something when you're 17


    • Mari Cordova
      Mari Cordova 3 months ago

      Yeah. I know that.


    • Indiaboo
      Indiaboo 3 months ago

      Mari Cordova he's 13


  • The Ruby Knight
    The Ruby Knight 3 months ago

    hell0o?

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