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  • And also even machines are taking a lot of functions away from us,

  • there are still functions they were that we have to, you know deliver ourselves.

  • For example fatherhood. Sure. So how would you educate your five boys?

  • Actually I created a little school. Yeah.

  • What kind of school? Could you describe to us? Sure it's … I mean it's small. It's

  • only got 14 kids now and it'll have 20 kids in September. It's calledAd Astra”,

  • which means to the stars.

  • What’s maybe a bit different from most other schools, is that there aren't any grades.

  • There's no grade 1, grade 2, grade 3 type of thing and making all the children go in

  • the same grade at the same time like an assembly line.

  • I know. You know, because some people love English or languages. Some people love math.

  • Some people love music. And they have different abilities at different times. It makes more

  • sense to cater the education to match their aptitudes and abilities.

  • I think that's one principle. Another is that it's important to teach problem solving or

  • teach to the problem not to the tools. So this would be like: Let’s say you're trying to

  • teach people about how engines work, you could start by

  • a more traditional approach would be to say we're going to teach all about screwdrivers

  • and wrenches. And you are going to have a course on screwdrivers, a course on wrenches and all these

  • things and it's… there's a very difficult way to do it.

  • A much better way would be: here's the engine, now let's take it apart: how we're going to

  • take it apart? Ah, you need a screwdriver! That's what a screwdriver is for. You need a wrench

  • that's what a wrench is for. And then a very important thing happens,

  • which is, that the relevance of the tools becomes apparent. So your 5 boys are in that school.

  • Yes. Until when? This is from preschool. I don’t know. So

  • far it’s only one year old. They like it. They like it. Yeah. And you

  • want to keep them away from regular school? No I just didn't see

  • that the regular schools. They weren't doing the things that I thought should be done.

  • Like, you know those two principles, they weren’t adhering to those principles. I

  • thought: Well, let's see what we can do. Maybe creating a school would be better and I actually

  • hired a teacher from the school they were at.

  • He also agreed with me that there was a better way to do it. Have they surprised you, in

  • a way of their innovative thinking?

  • Yeah, it seems to be going pretty well. I mean the kids really love going to

  • School. I think that’s a good sign, you know. I mean, I hated going to school when I was

  • a kid.It was torture. So the fact that they actually

  • think vacations are too long. They want to go back to school. Wow. Yeah, exactly. That’s weird. I know

And also even machines are taking a lot of functions away from us,

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    Xuan Zheng posted on 2016/03/10
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