Jaden Smith Thinks School Brainwashes Our Youth

    September 17, 2013
    Alex Williams
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Do you know the boy with one expression? Will Smith’s son? Anyways, Jaden Smith, 15, movie star of such blockbuster hits like After Earth and Karate Kid, said in capitalized letters on Twitter last week, that: “If Everybody In The World Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society.” As Jaden Tweeted via phone, he added, “Everybody Get Off Your Phones And Go Do What You Actually Wanna Do.”

“People Use To Ask Me What Do You Wanna Be When You Get Older And I Would Say What A Stupid Question The Real Question Is What Am I Right Now,” Jaden added. “All The Rules In This World Were Made By Someone No Smarter Than You. So Make Your Own.”

“If Newborn Babies Could Speak They Would Be The Most Intelligent Beings On Planet Earth.”

Perhaps Jaden’s view on school is much different than his parents’. According to Radar Online, back in 2008, Will Smith, 44, and his wife Jada Smith, 41, founded the New Village Leadership Academy in Calabasas, California. It was a new type of private elementary school that taught on a curriculum influenced by Scientology. It shut down last June.

In May, The Sun newspaper had an interview with Will Smith, in which he said that his son requested for his 15th birthday to be “emancipated.” Shortly after that interview, there was an outburst in the media, to which Jaden clarified his father’s statements on Ellen DeGeneres’ talk show. “I’m not going anywhere. Everything at [Will Smith’s] house is free. So I can get anything and everything I want at his house. So I think I’m going to be there for 20 [to] 30 more years. [Will Smith] says as soon as I have a movie that’s bigger than one of his movies then I have to get my own house.”

Below, are the snipped clips of Jaden’s sage-like Twitter updates concerning the issue of school:


Will Smith’s son? Famous Hollywood child actor and singer?


Everybody reads it, right?


Didn’t Steve Jobs say something similar?


Food? Change my diaper?


You know, Chomsky talked about this once.


Do you think there is merit to Jaden’s words?



You can get Jaden Smith’s latest mix tape, The Cool Café, here.

(Images courtesy of Facebook and Twitter)

  • Robert

    He might be right. I actually became more educated after I quit school, but I went back to school later to get a degree. I don’t have any regrets.

    • Alex Williams

      I am glad to hear this, Robert 😀

      Interesting enough, Jaden’s words might face opposition, but many others might resonate with him. Each to his own, ya know? We all adapt and learn in different ways.

  • Reality

    He is half right.

    Subjects like math, science, computer sciences, physics, english, grammar/writing — there is little debate over the accuracy of the things you learn. Some things are debated but pretty much every agrees that what you learn is accurate.

    Subjects like history are open to much debate. The American perspective on history is often totally different than a world’s perspective on history. It is like 9/11 for instance. In this country, a majority (shrinking majority actually) believes that terrorists alone did it. If you travel abroad, you know that the vast majority of the world does not think this is the case. More people think our government or a faction within our government did it. A friend of mine from Brazil once said to me — the world is full of example of governments doing this to its people. Why does the US think that they are any different and that it could not happen to them? Whether I agree with my friend or not is not the point. The point is that many historical things are open to much debate and quite frankly, governments do condition their people to think a certain way. We all know this.

    School is good for learning those hard sciences and learning how to critically think. It is also good to learn how to learn. It is good place to learn how to properly interact with other people, who often have diverse backgrounds. It is also good to get that diploma so reduce your barriers to entry in the work place.

    This kid is a multimillionaire already. He has nothing to worry about but most kids are not and they need a diploma. Just because you get a degree it doesn’t mean you have to believe everything you were taught.

  • http://webpronews William

    Children are told too much now a day. They need the discipline of the parents and school is the best thing for them. As for a child to decide what to do, after 18 then let them but before graduation from school, thats the parents decision. I too had problems with a school of say to one of my children at 16 “you can make your own decisions your an adult”HA!. All that did was cause a child get out of school with nothing! So Just becsuae you have money you can decide to tell other kids that BS and a good spanking never hurt a child just let them know the direction to take in correction their mouth. As for Jaden its the money talking not the brain. Take the money and see how well he would do then.

  • Guest

    I agree with Jaden to a some degree. I agree that since schools have an objective to teach people to serve our society, yes there are limitations and oppression of free-thinking and creativity. HOWEVER, obviously if everyone made their own rules, there would be mass confusion. Some Rules are for uniform communication and logic which are necessary for basic survival.

    I do admire & respect his answer: “The real question is what am I right now.” Brilliant!

  • http://www.samobi.com sam obi

    well he is right in his own way,but remember education is the best legacy.

  • Purpose daka

    not everything that glows is perfect you can learn something amazing from everyone

  • Purpose daka

    not everything that glows is perfect you can learn something amazing from everyone but school is the guide line to success