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Better Education - Reflection and Ideas

Ancient education

Education needs to be drastically improved in order for humanity to reach its full potential and to make significant progress in terms of well-being.

While improved schools can play a role in this, I am more optimistic that the internet, home teaching, and parents enabling their kids to pursue their interests deeply is a more realistic path to improved education.

Think the core pillars of successful education is instilling a love and thirst for learning, and the right role models (eg. Musk might be a better role model than the average tiktok influencer).

Some ideas for better education


Alternatives (that many bright people seem to utilize)

Rephrased advice from Patrick Collison, that relates to school age and could be partially taught


Great Autodidacts and their stories (by Jeremy Nixon)

Stephen Wolfram

Elon Musk


Ad Astra School by Elon, Josh Dahn etc.




Learnings from Montessori and Waldorf Schools

There are a few key things that we can learn from Montessori and Waldorf schools which can help prepare people for success in our modern world. Firstly, both of these educational models place a strong emphasis on hands-on learning and allow children to learn at their own pace. Secondly, they create a supportive and nurturing environment for children, which helps them to feel confident and secure in their learning. Finally, they encourage a love of learning , instilling a lifelong love of learning in their students.

Both Montessori and Waldorf schools could be improved by preparing students more for the challenges of our modern world. This could be done by incorporating more real-world problems into the curriculum and encouraging students to think about how they can make a difference in the world. Secondly, both of these models could benefit from incorporating more technology into the classroom, as this is an increasingly important part of our world. Finally, both Montessori and Waldorf schools could do more to promote social and emotional learning, as this is increasingly recognised as being essential for success in our modern world.


The Case Against Education: Why the Education System Is a Waste of Time and Money by Bryan Caplan

In his book, “The Case Against Education”, economist Bryan Caplan argues that a lot of higher education is very inefficient and has only a small effect in improving human capital, contrary to what is commonly believed in labor economics.

Caplan argues that the primary function of education is not to enhance students’ skills but to certify their intelligence, conscientiousness, and conformity—attributes that are valued by employers. He estimates that approximately 80% of individuals’ return to education is the result of signaling, with the remainder due to human capital accumulation.

Caplan advocates two major policy responses to the problem of signaling in education: educational austerity and increased vocational education.

Thiel on Education

Peter Thiel’s concept of higher education is that it is:

He believes that the purpose of education is to teach skills with which one will be able to produce something of value. However, in practice, the value of a diploma is inversely proportional to the number of people that have it. This effect renders universities exclusionary by nature. Thiel concludes by saying that the only way not to be a part of the higher education rat race is to seek your own road to wealth, health, and happiness.

Video games are the future of education

Favorite education sources, projects etc.

New schools

Founder programs

Articles, essays etc.

Elon’s educational advice