Jaden Smith Finds Wisdom in Everybody Dropping Out of School

By ABC News

Sep 17, 2013 10:33am

ABC News’ Linsey Davis and Sandra Lee report:

Jaden Smith might be best known as the star of the remake of “The Karate Kid” and for his lifelong role as the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, but the 15-year-old is also starring in his own online controversy after sounding off against America’s education system, calling school a brainwashing tool.

Jaden tweeted to his more than 4.5 million followers Sept. 12, “School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth” and “If Newborn Babies Could Speak They Would Be The Most Intelligent Beings On Planet Earth.”

Jaden, 15, is considered Hollywood royalty, being a friend of Justin Bieber and dating a sister of the Kardashians, Kylie Jenner, but some people say he is setting a bad example with his comments.

“He has such a huge group of fans that really look up to him,” Us Weekly reporter Jennifer Peros told ABC News. “So this isn’t really the example you should really be setting.”

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Jaden and his sister, Willow, 12, are both home schooled.

Jaden had attended the New Village Leadership Academy, a private school his parents founded in California five years ago, until it closed its doors in June because of lack of funding.

The academy used “study-tech,” a teaching method created by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard, something to which Will Smith alluded on “Live with Regis and Kelly” in 2007.

There are “powerful educational concepts that we believe in,” Smith said on the show.

But instead of revolutionizing that educational system, the younger 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.

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But his philosophical musings have been met with skepticism.

“This is why we don’t let celebrity children make decisions on the education system,” one person tweeted.

Another even resents one of Smith’s comments with the heading, “Stupidest tweet ever.”

The teen actor explained his approach to life this summer on “Good Morning America,” saying, “I really try to do me and really what I want to do and please myself instead of trying to please other people.”

In his latest tweet, Jaden advises his followers: “Everybody Get Off Your Phones And Go Do What You Actually Wanna Do.”

Jaden was rumored not too long ago to be seeking emancipation from his A-list parents, but his dad recently joked that off as being untrue.

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