Elon Musk Made a School for His Kids to Study in, SpaceX Employees Like It

Elon Musk’s belief that autonomous vehicles are about five to six years away from taking over the streets is clearly not just a wild guess, and it’s also not the first time he said it. A wild guess is also what the Tesla Motors founder thinks the school shouldn’t be, so he decided to make a different one for his own kids. Apparently, SpaceX employees agree with him since they now have their children attending it.
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Elon Musk must be one of the greatest people to interview, and I’m saying this as a journalist. It’s not because I’m a fan of the inventor’s creations or business skills. Nor is it for the way Tesla Model S can easily race with any sportscar without spilling a drop of oil. It’s because Tesla Motors founder always surprises you with a wild answer.

The 43-year-old business genius was asked about parenting and how raising five kids goes around the busy life he’s having in a recent interview with a Chinese television. You’d expect a natural answer to that, such as “well it’s difficult but I love my kids”. Instead, he goes: “I created a little school”. Wait, what? Yep, Musk likes things to be done by his hands as much as possible.

Musk claims there are 14 kids currently attending the school, with that number reaching 20 this fall. Called Ad Astra, the learning facility is based on entirely different standards than regular schools. There aren’t any grades, and the point is to cater the education to match their aptitude and abilities. Musk also believes it’s important for children to be taught problem-solving.

Let’s say you’re trying to teach people about how engines work. A more traditional approach would be saying ‘We’re going to teach all about screwdrivers and wrenches.’ This is a very difficult way to do it. A much better way would be, like, ‘Here’s the engine. Now let’s take it apart. How are we going to take it apart? Oh, you need a screwdriver,” Musk explains.

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