Why Will’s Son Slammed Education And Urged Kids To Drop Out Of School [VIDEO] By Stephanie Kristine Spencer September 16, 2013 2:09 PM EDT U.S. actor Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith pose for pictures during a photo call to promote their latest movie “After Earth” on the mainplane of the Soviet-made Buran space shuttle, placed at the Central Park of Culture and Leisure named after M. Gorky, in Moscow May 27, 2013. (Photo: Reuters) Jaden Smith outraged the Twitter community with a rant that suggested that kids should drop out of school because it is “brainwashing the youth.” Follow Us In a bizarrely candid statement by the After Earth actor last week, Smith tweeted that “School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth,” and “Education Is Rebellion.” Shortly after the brief tweets, Smith continued his outburst by exclaiming that babies have a higher intelligence than an educated child, saying, “If Newborn Babies Could Speak They Would Be The Most Intelligent Beings On Planet Earth.” But the real kicker was the tweet that seemed to go against all common sense. “If Everybody In The World Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society,” Smith, 15, said. Twitter users were quick to pounce on Smith following his tweets on education. “Will, you need to get your son,” one tweeter said . “He is on Twitter talking bare foolishness, sounding like an inmate. He really upset with those tweets. Don’t you listen, kids.” “Wait, now you’re sending mixed messages. Please clarify your position on education before I do something I regret. @officialjaden,” another person tweeted. Some users even hinted that it may be the Smith family’s involvement in the Church of Scientology that made Smith think that education was a joke. “Jaden smith, aka what scientology does to kids,” the person tweeted.
At 15 years old, Jaden Smith has accomplished more than most adults at twice his age. The child actor has landed starring roles in multiple movies, including the remake of “The Karate Kid,” and “After Earth,” he’s received acclaim for his breakout performances and he’s produced music with singer Justin Bieber. Like Us on Facebook Thanks to his A-list celebrity parents–Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith–Jaden will more than likely continue to soar down a pathway of privilege. That said, it’s easy to see why the teen may not appreciate the value of an education. However, while the star may not necessarily need a traditional education to pursue his dreams and cultivate his talents, is it okay for him to encourage his fans to abandon their education as well? That’s the question that has critics fuming after the young actor bashed America’s education system and called “school a brainwashing tool” in messages posted to his 4.5 million followers on Twitter. On Sept. 12, he tweeted , “School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth” and “If Newborn Babies Could Speak They Would Be The Most Intelligent Beings On Planet Earth.” Ironically, not only do Will, 44, and Jada, 41, have a different perspective on education, but they founded their own school, the New Village Leadership Academy, in California. The Smiths donated millions to the private elementary institution — which employed the Scientologist teaching methodologies of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard’s “study tech” — before the academy shut down last June, reports Us Weekly . Jaden also attended the academy. However, instead of revolutionizing that educational system, the young Smith seems to be suggesting his Twitter followers abandon it. “If Everybody In The World Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society,” Jaden tweeted on Sept. 13. What do you think about Jaden’s philosophical musings against the education system?
Will Smith and ‘After Earth’: Minor speedbump or major misstep?
Night Shyamalan, and anointed his son as the films leading man. What remains to be seen is whether After Earth is a mere speed bump like Smiths own Wild Wild West or is it something with a lasting stench, like John Travoltas Scientology vanity project, Battlefield Earth . That After Earth arrives soon after Smith acknowledged turning down the title role in Quentin Tarantinos Django Unchained doesnt make a strong case for Smiths choices of late, but his reliance on patterns of past performance to guide his career might be slightly overstated by the media. His resume demonstrates he has an appreciation for four-quadrant data, but they arent his only criteria. After all, this is the same actor who made Ali and The Pursuit of Happyness remarkable by the sheer magnitude of his personality and ability. And although he supposedly has new installments in the works for some of his most popular franchises, including another Men in Black , hes also slated to anchor Focus, a con artist movie from the directors of Crazy Stupid Love, and is attached to star in the Hurricane Katrina drama, American Can, for Edward Zwick. Neither will likely require sequels or battling aliens. But its also possible that Smiths winning formula needs to be adjusted.At 44, Smith doesnt yet need to retreat from the action-oriented films that made him famous, but he might want to seek out more auteuristic directors who appreciate his fame and know how it can be manipulated in new and different ways. Seventeen years after Independence Day, Smith still lacks a real actor/director partnership like Johnny Depp has with Tim Burton and Leonardo DiCaprio has with Martin Scorsese and the only directors hes worked with more than once are Men in Blacks Barry Sonnenfeld, Bad Boyss Michael Bay, and Gabriele Muccino, who helmed Happyness and Seven Pounds. Turning down Tarantino was a missed opportunity for Smith, especially because it was a calculated risk that someone as established as Smith can easily afford to take. (Plus, can you imagine a better movie role to redeem himself for the yes-sir zen caddy he played in The Legend of Bagger Vance , the movie Spike Lee derided as Driving Mr. Damon?) Smith might also want to recalibrate the way he sells his projects, a full-court press that is high-volume, in both senses of the word. Smith engages talk-show hosts with an intensity that leaves no doubt that I. AM. SO.