Jaden Smith wants ‘everybody in the world’ to drop out of school

In a series of bizarre tweets late last week, the Karate Kid remake star made sure to let the world (and kids) know how useless he thinks school is.

Now, it’s hard to gauge exactly where Jaden Smith is coming from here. He once attended the now-defunct New Village Leadership Academy, founded by his mega-famous parents Will and Jada Smith, which came under fire for teaching a Scientology-based curriculum. So whether this is a rebellious slam against his former school or just the ruminations of a self-absorbed teenage philosopher is not easily known.

Just to set the stage, let’s take a tweet that Jaden posted back in early July:

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Yes, the imagery here is annoying. But not as annoying as the fact that he probably really does treat his friends with this kind of contempt.

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This would actually hold more weight if he was referring to the school he attended that was based on the teachings of L. Ron Hubbard.

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This doesn’t make any sense, but we’re assuming it’s in line with the current theme.

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And finally, who cares about a literate society? DROP OUT OF SCHOOL NOW CHILDREN OF THE WORLD!

We’re just having fun here. We all remember that time in our lives when the frontal lobes of our brains weren’t fully developed and we were prone to cringe-inducing behavior like this. But throw in millions of dollars, the mind-numbing exploits of child stardom, top it off with some vague connections to Scientology, and you can be sure that @officialjaden will once again wow us with his unique brand of teenage wisdom in the very near future.

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  1. John Zaffino

    September 17, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Hmm, I seem to recall “Turn on, Tune in, Drop out” back when I was a scrawny youth. Many of us did, but most had parents who smacked them in the back of the head and set them straight.

  2. Marques Dillard

    September 17, 2013 at 12:28 am

    If anyone takes Jaden’s “wisdom” seriously, then you need to get your head examined. As a high school teacher, I know one enduring fact: Most teenagers believe they know everything necessary; consequently, they’ll talk a lot of crap. That’s simply the way it is, and I would be a liar if I proclaimed I never talked crap. I’m a movie addict, and I’ve enjoyed almost every film his father was in. In my humble opinion, Karate Kid is one of the 20 best remakes to date. I’ll give him props for that.

  3. Michelle Kidd Tackabery

    September 17, 2013 at 1:09 am

    We’re not taking the tweets of a 15-year old seriously, are we? I’m sure I thought I could set the world straight with my wisdom at that age, too. And solve the whole world peace issue.

  4. Jim S

    September 17, 2013 at 1:38 am

    If his school was based on scientology, I’d say the kid got it right! A bunch of hocus pocus fraud perpetrated by a so-called religion.

  5. Mary W. Lukens Goodson

    September 17, 2013 at 3:16 am

    You have clearly not been paying any attention to the homeschooling movement in this country, especially the UN-schooling movement.

    Tens of thousands of young people (a.k.a. “children”) have left “school” to gain the freedom of self expression and self exploration.

    My daughter did exactly as Jaden suggests, and while she WAS a “late reader” ( she wasn’t a “fluent” reader until age 8.5) she was an AVID reader as soon as she was able, and tested in reading comprehension at “post-collegiate” levels by age 10!

    While young Jaden’s notion that ALL kids should leave school is clearly not realistic, I DO believe there are many young people who would benefit greatly from leaving that stifling atmosphere.

    For more INFORMATION and IDEAS about this notion, I recommend you Google “Sir Ken Robinson TED Talks” and listen to what a highly esteemed University Professor has to say.


  6. Matt

    September 17, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Who. Cares.

  7. ecosmartmobile

    September 17, 2013 at 3:57 am

    Notice that he did NOT say everybody should not continue to educate themselves. At some point every nation, every school, every institution tends to devolve into a propaganda machine. Maybe the kid just came to this realization, and did it much earlier than most. It’s a possibility….

  8. Nikki

    September 17, 2013 at 4:19 am

    Says the kid who doesn’t know how to use capitalized letters correctly.

  9. Steve

    September 17, 2013 at 4:31 am

    When did capitalizing every word in a sentence become a thing that people do? How can we, as a society, stop that?

  10. Marques Dillard

    September 17, 2013 at 6:31 am

    Off subject: For any aspiring writers, both CAPS and exclamations”!!!!” should be used sparingly. : )

  11. Keren Familia Christensen

    September 17, 2013 at 8:03 am

    just what i was thinking

  12. turbocrusher

    September 17, 2013 at 9:31 am

    It’s not the act of schooling that’s suspect in many children’s disenchantment with the educational process, it’s the schools themselves and how they’re run. We need to make learning more of a dynamic process for our youth. Schools have to stop being factories and start becoming formative institutions that emphasize civic virtue and the arts as much, if not more, than academic or athletic prowess. It can be done, people. As far as Jaden Smith; I think he’s just like a lot of kids his age. Feeling confused but also brimming with egocentrism. I predict that he will, in some way, shape or form, recant his stance about the importance of going to school.

  13. Satori

    September 17, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I also believe that there are hundreds, probably thousands (if not more), of children who are homeschooled and fed nothing but their parents superstitious (religious) nonsense. Instilling a sense of faith over science and similar drivel.

    I also find it amazing that so many parents assume that they are better educators than the actual educators, that somehow they, as a parent, are actually competent enough to cover all the subjects thoroughly. This might be true until the 5th grade, but beyond that I sincerely doubt that most parents can adequately cover subjects in enough depth. Middle school and above has specialized teachers teaching their subjects, teachers who are knowledgeable in depth about their subject.

    And of course, the home is a very stifling environment as well. It’s really hard to learn peer interactions and how to behave in a social environment when the only environment you have is essentially under the dictatorial control of your parents. Social interactions are very important, something that is improved by a peer group.

    Homeschooling, in most all, but perhaps not every case, is tantamount to child abuse.

    If you want worthy ideas on education I suggest reading up on the Finland School System or on Flipped Classrooms.

  14. Rhondayes

    September 17, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    As Matt said, Who Cares?”

    The only thing you were doing was stroking your own ego and bragging on your child.

  15. Lailani King

    September 17, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    For pete’s sake, let the kid be 15 and let his parents deal with his adolescence.

  16. David

    September 17, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    what he really meant was ‘drop out of acting school’

  17. William

    September 17, 2013 at 2:51 pm

    The Scientology is strong with this one.

  18. Bill

    September 18, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Screw all this crap, I want the well endowed Jaden all inside me, lol, j/k

  19. Manster

    September 19, 2013 at 4:11 am

    Stupid….. who cares what this 15 year old dot in the sand says? And just because of who his parents are…. THAT is what’s really wrong. If anyone needs “schooling” it is him, but he’s 15……he’ll find out soon enough.

  20. David Morrow

    September 24, 2013 at 7:03 am

    hes right… for example u have a man behind a desk looking at an elephant, a bird, a monkey, a fish, a dog, and a cat all side by side and he tells these animals simply this “to make the final exams you all have to climb that tree.” not everyone can do it. Another thing is that u canot learn without taking any interest into what your learning. When a kid sughs or groans about what class they have or is board and hates it well he/she is not interested into it. He/she may go on with the class but later in life he/she will not remember one thing from it hence not taking interest into it thats why when we do something we like and then learn about that interest of ours we remember it and look into it more and more. We already kno how to read, write, interperet the english language, simple math, simple history, and simple science knowledge. What more do they want from us wouldnt you think you could choose what u want to focus on after a while something you really want to learn and do not continue after 5th or 6th grade with usless knowledge of the same english, science, math, and history classes being retaught every year. I just hope and wish that one day parents could easily teach their kids the simple basics of things and then they can decide over time how they want to learn things by taking interest into what they WANT to do not what the school board wants them to do.

  21. maya

    September 25, 2013 at 7:12 am

    all religions are fraud my friend

  22. Corey Marsh

    October 16, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    I get what he’s saying….my time in public school (10yrs) was mostly memorization and I was very bored.Barely got by… My time in private school was a completely different experience and more interactive. I graduated with honors.

  23. Wes Darling

    October 16, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    Public schools are prisons, we all remember having that realization from our own experience. %90 of a person’s physical mobility is lost between first and 12th grades, and with that goes reciprocal psychological capacity. And the food is literally even worse, (not figuratively, literally), so really, who is to blame anyone for saying what he did? Obviously quality of life and success are not being instilled in public education.

    The bigger problem is that generations of public schooling have left a populace incapable of homeschooling. Even if they could afford to stop working and attend to their children’s needs, hardly any of them have the basic ability to teach logic and critical thinking skills that would make it possible for kids to self-motivate in a productive manner.

  24. Marques Dillard

    October 17, 2013 at 2:29 am

    Wes, it’s obvious you’re not an expert or else you would know what you’re saying is conjecture. So many people want to simple way out and shake their heads at the public school system, as though they had their finger on the pulse of every district in America. Wes, you are wrong. I can say that because I’ve seen in worked in a variety of public school districts. Yes, there are some schools that look like prisons, and there are others that look more like college campuses and have all the technological advances that could drop a nerd’s jaw. So to use an extra-large brush to mark all public schools as horrible reveals a lack of knowledge or research.

    As far as Jaden, he’s a kid. Kids say stuff. It’s when adults say kids stuff, I’m worried. BTW, I thoroughly enjoyed After Earth. I’ve watched it four times and, as a sci-fi addict, found it entertaining.

  25. Alle Ennis

    February 18, 2014 at 7:02 am

    Hmmm. I can understand where this kid is coming from. I have often felt the same. Unfortunately though, most kids don’t have the privilege of picking what schools they will attend. So to tell them to drop out, is a poor choice for his audience. Most kids that are listening to him, don’t even comprehend the concepts he is throwing down, let alone, think abstractly or independently enough to get it. It’s kinda a catch 22, because it’s exactly the thing he is protesting against that is creating the inability to teach the average American kid his “lessons”. Our schools do suck. They teach lies, a history based on political propaganda, and are more concerned with test scores, than a child’s ability to actually learn, and critically think. So I get Jaden. But instead of telling them to drop out, tell them to read some great books, like The Peoples History , or The Idiot. Let them in on all the great information that is afforded to you, and neglected by them. Give them real solutions to ignorance, that won’t create more failure. Be an example, of what you believe in. Make the importance of true education , your goal. Understand that , as a celebrity, you have a profound effect on the little black kids in the ghetto. Most of all the examples that they have, tout gold teeth , big rims, selling crack and pimping bitches. Rebel against that shit.
    Also- for the rest of you. Just leave Scientology alone, unless you are an atheist, and you don’t participate in any belief system. One isn’t crazier than another. The hypocritical factor is ugly. At least Scientologists, get clear. Which, as someone who isn’t a Scientologist, I firmly believe that if the world could do a few clearing sessions, it would create a new and better world. Period.

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