There's a 13 year old Reno boy who has become a
YouTube sensation because of a speech he recently gave on the importance of being happy and healthy and something called "Hack Schooling".
In just two weeks, Logan LaPlante’s speech that he gave at the University of Nevada Reno during a TEDx event has received more than 100 thousand hits.
“It's like a remix or mash-up of learning, it's flexible, opportunistic and never loses sight of being happy, healthy and creativity a priority." says LaPlante when describing what “Hack Schooling” is.
To get those into the ballpark of understanding, it’s form of home schooling with a major twist.
"I've been studying the science of being happy and healthy, it really comes down to practicing these eight things. Exercise, diet and nutrition, time in nature, contribution and service to others, relationships and recreation, relaxation and stress management and religious or spiritual involvement."
News Four’s Shelby Sheehan headed to Truckee to talk to Logan about his independent schooling that has been evolving over the last 4 years since he left a traditional school in Reno.
It's a team effort mostly based out of Truckee that includes his mom, the community, other home school parents and teachers...and leading the way, Logan himself.
We caught up with Logan spending time at Big Truck, an apparel store where he interns at least once a week.
LaPlante says, "I do a lot of design, clothing design, a lot of stuff for next year like sweatshirts and jackets and color waves for hats."
He also is learning to sew, to sell the merchandise and maybe a little grunt work here and there.
For Logan's mom Jessica this "Hack Schooling" is a full time job...organizing and taking him to all different kinds of lessons through the week covering traditional subjects in a non-traditional way.
A lot of time their classroom is outside, like along the Truckee river learning science or at Squaw Valley shadowing the ski patrol for a day.
LaPlante uses a network of parents who feel their children thrive with experience based learning.
"A lot of parents are teachers and we hire teachers as well, one of my fortes is seeking out teachers who have this special idea towards experiential learning."
In between the more academic lesson's, Logan is passionate about skiing.
He isn’t just a great skier but also spends time shooting ski videos for non-profits and just for fun.
Again his classroom, being where he is happiest.
He's clear what to say when he's asked the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?
"It doesn't all come with the living, set the goal, I want to be happy and healthy, set that goal list, and then lean on it and then start making a living."
The next TEDx Reno event is happening April 26th, and organizers are hoping people will gather to watch the live streaming event on you tube because tickets are very limited.