Elon Musk is a polarizing figure. I happen to be Team Elon. His vision and drive are seemingly unparalleled these days in a time where we’ve forgotten to think BIG. Our education system is broken and is churning out obedient little Marxists to be the obedient proletariat when they grow up. Mr Musk realizes the school system is pure trash and started his own school for his kids. Per Ars Tecnica:
Ad Astra encompasses students, not employees. For the past four years, this experimental non-profit school has been quietly educating Musk’s sons, the children of select SpaceX employees, and a few high-achievers from nearby Los Angeles. It started back in 2014, when Musk pulled his five young sons out of one of Los Angeles’ most prestigious private schools for gifted children. Hiring one of his sons’ teachers, the CEO founded Ad Astra to “exceed traditional school metrics on all relevant subject matter through unique project-based learning experiences,” according to a previously unreported document filed with the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
“I just didn’t see that the regular schools were doing the things that I thought should be done,” he told a Chinese TV station in 2015. “So I thought, well let’s see what we can do. Maybe creating a school will be better.”
The details of the curriculum are a bit guarded but it sounds like there is a heavy emphasis on STEM subjects, but they do not teach things like music or language. Something tells me that this school is probably halfway in between an ideal education and the drivel we’re presented today in our public schools.
Kids should be well rounded. Reverting to a more “classic” education program, where literary classics are taught rather than censored, perhaps even where Latin is still taught, and an emphasis on history and critical thinking, even when it’s against one’s beliefs, would be ideal. With a heavy emphasis on STEM too, of course. Some of the aspects of this school are worrying, like allowing kids to drop classes they don’t like (up to a point) and not teaching things like music and language. But I’m sure this school is still light years ahead and far more beneficial than the public offerings. Something else that piqued my interest:
A non-discrimination policy quietly published in the Los Angeles Times in 2016 stated that Ad Astra does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, but the document made no mention of disabilities.
Hopefully the school does discriminate based on intelligence. There need to be schools for the gifted children that show potential in fields that will greatly benefit humanity. It’s been mentioned many times before, most notably in The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life, but we’ve for too long placed emphasis on bringing up the “stragglers” at the low end of the intelligence spectrum. There is a lot of data and speculation that argues that this has hurt the upper echelon of students at the very high end of the intelligence spectrum due to neglect and resources steered towards the lower end of the bell curve. And this damage hurts society the most, as these kids are the ones who will shape future generations and make improvements and ultimately contribute the most in areas where high intelligence is required to do great things.
Regardless, I applaud Mr Musk for doing this. More parents should seriously consider homeschooling and removing their kids from the clutches of the Marxists who want to indoctrinate them for life.