links for 2009-07-26

  • "Louise and Anton Piëch sent their children to a boarding school. Ferdinand Piëch describes it as a 'typical boarding school experience, meant to toughen you up — elitist, Spartan and strict.' He had to fight and struggle to survive. According to Piëch, who would eventually become head of VW, the experience left him with 'an extremely strong mistrust of others' and the realization that many things 'can only be achieved by doing them yourself, because you can't rely on others.'

    Ferry Porsche, on the other hand, sent his four sons to alternative Waldorf schools. Their education was based on the principles of the Austrian thinker Rudolf Steiner, who founded the spiritual movement known as Anthroposophy: 'Receive the children in reverence, educate them with love and send them forth in freedom.' A member of the Piëch clan derisively characterizes the educational emphasis in the Porsche family as 'crafts, crocheting and singing.'"