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Why Elon Musk built a school for his kids

“Regular schools just weren’t doing the things that I thought should be done,” Tesla and SpaceX tycoon Elon Musk reportedly once said, about taking his kids out of a school for the gifted in Los Angeles and setting them up in a learning environment which he founded in 2014, called Ad Astra.

Musk has six children – five boys with ex-wife Justine Wilson – and a newborn son with present partner, musician Grimes.

Ad Astra educated the children of SpaceX employees, as well as Musk’s children, and was situated in one of the company’s rocket factories.

“Drawing on Musk’s interests, the innovative curriculum had no language, music, or sports lessons, but students would work on complex projects, such as building battling robots, discussing nuclear politics, and planning how to defeat evil AIs,” the Daily Beast has reported.

Today, while Musk is no longer involved beyond his initial funding of the school, Ad Astra has evolved to become Astra Nova, and is open to the public for enrollment of their own kids – assuming mum and dad can meet the price tag and junior can pass the critical-thinking entry challenge.

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