# The World’s Biggest School

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# The World’s Biggest School

February 16, 2016

Ever since the caveman days, grown-ups have been trying to teach stuff to kids. At first, cavepeople dragged their kids along to pick berries or hunt elephants. As life got more complicated over thousands of years, though, the idea of school came along: shove a whole bunch of people’s kids in one room with one teacher. So our friend and fan Reid D. asked a great question: how many kids are in the world’s biggest school today? Unbelievably, it’s in the tens of thousands! As of 2010, the City Montessori School in Lucknow, India had 39,437 students, and by 2015 it had risen to more than 50,000. Those kids don’t all stuff into one giant building, though: they’re spread out over 20 chunks of land, or “campuses.” Let’s just hope those kids don’t all start throwing paper airplanes: a school of only 407 kids in Hinode, Japan made a record-breaking 4,880 paper airplanes in just 5 minutes! So we just have to ask, how many can 50,000 kids make?…

Wee ones: If you fold 6 paper airplanes, then fold 1 more, how many do you have now?

Little kids: Which has fewer students, a school of 400 kids, or a school of 40,000 kids?  Bonus: City Montessori started with 5 students back in 1959. If it now has 39,437, how many more students is that? See if you can remember the whole number!

Big kids: If there are 22 kids in your class, but 1/2 make 2 airplanes each while the rest make just 1 apiece, how many planes do you all make?  Bonus: If the 407 kids had each made 10 airplanes, would that have been enough for their record of 4,880?

The sky’s the limit — for real: If 400 kids can make about 5,000 paper airplanes, how many planes could those 50,000 Montessori kids make at the same rate?