A Teacher’s Response to Elon Musk’s Criticism of Public Schools

Elon MuskI recently received a question from a reader about Elon Musk’s recent comments on “traditional schools” and how he thinks they fail students. As a retired school teacher and current homeschool educator, this is an exceptionally relevant conversation that I am particularly qualified to address.

As I see it, Elon Musk has a few core concerns when it comes to traditional education. The objections he discusses most frequently tend to boil down to two major categories: problem solving and creative thinking. In a recent interview, Musk had this to say:

“It’s important to teach problem-solving. Let’s say you’re trying to teach how engines work. Now, a traditional way is to teach all about screwdrivers and wrenches, which is a very difficult way to do it. A good approach would be like: Here’s an engine, let’s take it apart and how are we gonna do that? We need a screwdriver or a wrench for that. When we teach like this, something important happens, the relevance of the tools becomes apparent.”

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Top 7 Public High Schools in Waukesha County, WI


In the year 2020, Waukesha County has 22 top-rated public high schools where students study under a safe and supportive environment. Public high schools in Waukesha County are so great that they will make you forget the 12 private high schools that are there in the region.

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When I Grow up….

One of the questions that I was asked a lot and that we asked the children in the class was the all popular. When you grow up, what do you want to be?

when i grow up bannerWhen we are young, our entire lives are ahead of us and there is great big world out there just waiting for us to dive in. But we, as adults, know the difficulty behind finding a job, getting a job, and keeping a job. Sometimes we are fortunate enough to find a job that we fall in love with. But most young adults entering into the work force is just not that lucky.

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