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Happiness: it holds a different meaning for everyone. Some people may find their happiness in work, school, travel, family, etc. There are endless possibilities! But sometimes this world makes it hard to be happy. There are so many expectations to be met and so much pressure to be what the world wants a person to be. Some people follow the crowd and do what is expected of them, but there are some people who choose the path less traveled and break away from society’s norms.
Logan LaPlante is one of those people. At such a young age, he has understood that the world’s expectations aren’t something he wants to be apart of and has his own definition of happiness. I applaud this kid because he mastered a concept that takes most people a lifetime to realize. And sadly, it starts with students and classroom expectations. LaPlante brings up a valid point in his TEDTALK that “we don’t seem to make learning how to be happy and healthy a priority in our schools.” How true is this statement? Schools focus on the main subjects such as math, history, science, reading/writing. Sure they include P.E. and art and music but how creative can a student really be in those classes? Those classes still follow the curriculum and there is always a cut off point for what a student can and can’t do.
LaPlante focuses on eight major concepts that keep him happy. They are exercise, diet and nutrition, time in nature, contribution and service, relationships, recreation, relaxation and stress management, and religious and spiritual. Why are we not incorporating these topics into our everyday curriculum at school? Many people argue that it is time and resources but I honestly think it is because some people just don’t have an interest in teaching their students these values.
“Education is important but why is being happy and healthy not considered education?”
I believe that teaching students this type of curriculum is crucial. I do believe that students learning the main subjects is important as well but the 8 things that LaPlante talks about will help get them through life. It will help them survive and be the best version of themselves that they can be. Students may not have the privilege to experience these 8 concepts at home, but by incorporating these into the daily curriculum they will be introduced to so many new things and develop new interests.
I really enjoyed watching this TEDTALK because it opened my eyes to new things. It made me realize how important it is to teach my students how to be happy and healthy and to not just focus on the main stream curriculum in today’s schools. I believe that if everyone lived like Logan LaPlante the world would be a much happier place!