Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors and SpaceX, recently revealed in an interview with Beijing Television that he started his own school for his children called Ad Astra. The school is relatively small and secretive with only 14 students which are primarily the children of SpaceX employees. “I didn’t see the regular schools doing the things I thought should be done,” he says. “It’s important to teach problem solving, or teach to the problem and not the tools.”
Musk’s school eliminates grade levels so that there is no distinction between grade 1 and grade 3, instead Musk believes that “some people love English or languages. Some people love math. Some people love music. Different abilities, different times. It makes more sense to cater the education to match their aptitudes and abilities.”
The full interview can be seen below with more of Musk’s insights into starting a business, overcoming failures, and finding inspiration.