Exercise, diet and nutrition, time in nature, contribution in service to others, relationships, recreation, relaxation and stress management, and religious and spiritual involvement.  Logan LaPlante was able to break down the essentials in life into eight simple points, and I believe in every one of them.

Exercise.  Such an important factor in every human’s life.  Many people do not get the exercise that they need, and in fact, many people do not have any interest in participating in any physical activities.

Diet and nutrition can closely tie into exercise.  We all need nutrition in our lives.  Both physical nutrition and mental nutrition.  Without proper nutrition, we cannot learn to our greatest ability.  Lack of nutrition can cause lethargy, lack of concentration, moodiness, hormone imbalance and many other distractions.

Having your time in nature is an aspect in life that has in some ways fallen through the cracks.  Being engulfed in nature is a moment that cannot be explained.  It cannot be replaced with anything indoors, and it cannot  be substituted.  A person’s spirit and ability to connect with nature is important in learning, as it allows a person to stay grounded, focus only on what needs focus, and heighten one’s concentration.

Photo CC-By Jill Petersen
Photo CC-By Jill Petersen

Contribution to the service of others is  largely important in children’s learning habits.  Teaching a child to WANT to help others will allow them to learn cooperation, understanding, empathy, and patience.

Teaching a child healthy relationship qualities is crucial in their early stages.  To teach a young child respect, cooperation, and the joy of having relationships with people will teach them to better connect with people.

Saving time for recreation in life is often overlooked.  Many people today are often in a rush. The idea of “play” is often frowned upon and pushed to the back burner, so to speak.  Teaching a child recreation in moderation will allow them to learn balance and priorities.

My personal favorite is relaxation and stress management.  As a whole, the human population has tendencies to stress easily.  We have tendencies to become tightly wound and then struggle to relax.  If we can teach children the art of relaxation and the importance of learning stress management, the generations to come can help our population relax.

And finally, spiritual and religious involvement.  I agree with these both being important staples in a child’s education.  Although you cannot force a religion or religious involvement on a student, we can encourage them to find involvement in some form.  Whether it be spiritual within themselves, religion in a church, or other forms of involvement, encouraging children to be involved in something spiritually teaches them to stay grounded and learn the act of being involved.

As a future educator, I plan to involve these eight staples into my students’ educations.  This TED Talk was simple and yet very honest.  I have taken away from this video many different aspects to a child’s education that I plan to incorporate into the classroom.



3 thoughts on “Eight Staples of a Child’s Education: A Reflection on “Hackschooling”

  1. These eight LTCs were my favorite part of the video!! I think that they are so important. It was fun to read about your perspective and how they effect your life. Thanks for sharing:)


  2. I agree wholeheartedly that we need to teach student’s stress management in school! I remember having multiple breakdowns my senior year of high school due to stress. No teenager needs to cry in front of classmates due to stress. It would be best to incorporate stress management into physical exercise through yoga and meditation! I really enjoyed reading your take on these eight things that help improve life.


    1. It’s amazing how simple those eight staples appear to be. Then you walk into a classroom and look around and see that some of your student’s basic needs aren’t being met. When that occurs, how do we fill those basic needs and help them through the process of building their future. Stress can be a good thing, but we need to help students learn how to handle stress. Meditation may be part of the answer. I try to get students to compartmentalize so they aren’t so overwhelmed.


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