What were Elon Musk's grades in college
Tesla bossElon Musk's elite private school
Elon Musk is actually someone who likes to talk a lot about his projects. But the 47-year-old made one specific statement about his school project "Ad Astra" - translated: "To the stars". It was three years ago when he was asked on Chinese television how he was actually raising his five sons.
The presenter laughs a little incredulously when Musk says, "I started a small school". But he actually did it in 2014. Normal schools just didn't teach properly, Musk said, the classes weren't problem-oriented and practical enough. His five sons went to one of the best private schools in Los Angeles, which only accepts children with a confirmed IQ of at least 138:
Educator: Rich live in their own world
This is Pedro Noguera, professor of education at UCLA. He says: It is typical of the super-rich that they consider their children to be so extraordinary that they deserve a very special school:
Noguera finds this problematic, it shows that the rich live in their very own world and convey to their children that they are above normal society. The "Ad Astra" school started in 2014 with just eight students: Musk's five sons plus three children from SpaceX employees. Around 40 students aged 7-14 are now studying there - in addition to the Musk sons, there are more SpaceX children, and there are also high-flyers from the Los Angeles area:
Let them think! - that is the most important thing for the young headmaster Joshua Dahn. Last year he spoke extensively about the philosophy of "Ad Astra" in an online video:
No fixed class structures
The students always work in a team, without fixed, age-graded class structures. You are mainly concerned with natural sciences, computer science, artificial intelligence, but also with ethical questions. The focus is on project-based learning: building robots or weather balloons, simulating nuclear talks between the USA and North Korea or setting up your own small companies and trading in the school's currency "Astra". The results are then presented to a larger audience - up to 200 people:
They get real feedback, which is really tough, says school principal Joshua Dahn. There are no grades, the students determine the curriculum themselves for the most part. Foreign languages, music and sport are not found on the curriculum - children should do that in their free time. Professor Pedro Noguera is extremely skeptical of this approach:
Lots of open questions
That sounds way too narrow, he says. You have to form the whole person: head, heart and hand.
Headmaster Dahn hopes that "Ad Astra" will revolutionize education, just as Tesla has shaken up the car market and SpaceX has revolutionized space travel. But many questions remain: Will the eccentric Musk, who has until now borne all the costs alone, keep the interest in "Ad Astra" when his sons are out of school? And can a school with just a few dozen students ever be more than an elite project?
The school is open to the children of all SpaceX employees, emphasizes Director Dahn, regardless of their position in the company. It would be interesting to know whether a secretary, for example, has her child at school. But interview requests went unanswered. "Ad Astra" does not do any marketing, the official website is nothing more than an email address.
Nevertheless, a few hundred families came last year to take a look at the school and apply for one of the few open places. These people could afford any private school in Los Angeles, says one expert, but they want this school. Because Elon Musk is behind it.
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