Hacking Education: How Can We Get the Most Out of Our Learning?

As Bud Hunt explains in his blog post, the word “hack” is often given a bad rap in today’s society. However, as Hunt explains, this is because we have “lost sense of the word.” Rather than the negative sense of the word, hacking should be viewed as a positive ability. He argues, “learning happens when we hack things, too, because we must understand what our situation is, and how we can fiddle with it, in order to improve it.” Bud Hunt talks about the importance of three lenses that should be in every learners toolbag: Making, Hacking, and Playing. While Hunt gives a pretty brief description of hacking, Logan LaPlante provides a better explanation of the concept in his TED Talk “Hackschooling Makes Me Happy.”

Hackschooling is a concept I had never heard of, however, I believe this is an excellent approach to education! Why are we requiring students to learn about things they have no interest in, when they could enjoy the learning process by connecting their schooling to topics that interest them? As Logan explains in his TED Talk, he didn’t understand why he had to write a paper about butterflies, when his interest was in skiing! This is such a valuable way to look at how to get the most out of education.

Personally, I feel that I have developed a greater love for education now that I am in college, and have more of a freedom to choose to learn about topics that interest me. Why are we robbing the youth in our school systems of this freedom?

While I really enjoyed both this video and blog post, I feel like the idea of hackschooling could be better explained. I would love to learn more about hackschooling and how it could be incorporated in the larger scale such as in classrooms that are not

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homeschooling classrooms. How can public school classroom teachers implement this concept into their classroom. I agree that this is a valuable way to approach education, but I feel that I would need more information on how a teacher that has a large variety of students who all learn in different ways could go about making this change to their curriculum.


There were several wonderful statements made in Bud Hunt’s blog post. I found myself struggling to highlight my printed version, as almost every phrase and sentence he included contained such valid and important information.

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One of my favorite quotes from this post is “the metaphorical lenses or frames that we apply to our experiences can help us to better understand them, or to give us new ways of seeing what’s happening to or around us.” This is such a wonderful way to look at education, and I look forward to learning more about this concept and how it can improve children’s learning! I would love to learn how to “hack” my education so that I am able to get the most out of it.


11 thoughts on “Hacking Education: How Can We Get the Most Out of Our Learning?

  1. I had never heard of hacking in the way that Hunt explained it in his blog. I think it’s interesting to think that hacking is actually a good thing, depending on the context of course. I think the one thing I want to focus on hackschooling is recycling old resources before going out to buy new ones.


  2. I did not know that hack had a different meaning either. I think that Hunt was right that we need to bring back the real meaning of the word and use it to start making current inventions or technologies better. I think that the word got a bad wrap when people start using it to reference when a person was able to attain information using a computer and get through a firewall or security. I think that hacking our education will be beneficial for us and the next generation.


    1. Thank you! I am eager to learn more about hackschooling! In a way, it came up in my block class the other day! It is absolutely an interesting idea. I think it is hard for us to look at education in any way other than the universal “normal” form of education that exists today in the United States.


  3. I also feel that schools should be teaching kids more about what they are interested in instead of just general things. They are not going to learn if they are not interested so why not change it up a bit? Good job!


  4. I too have found a greater appreciation towards education being in college. There is a bigger personal stake with education when your the one calling the shots. While I do agree we should give more options to students in high school and such, I think we still need to keep those boring subjects in; such as: math, science, and history to name a few; because it leads to a better overall understanding of the world around us for the children’s growing minds. Options are always good too! Good grasp of the topic, and great post!


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