Jaden Smith Encourages Kids to Drop Out of School. He Needs to Wise Up.
Jaden Smith, son of Will and Jada Smith has proved fame and fortune cannot buy logic. Smith has been sharing his views on education via Twitter stating, “School is the tool to brainwash the youth”. As the many anti-school tweets followed, it has become apparent that Smith believes that at 15, he is not in need of an education. He he tweets, “If everybody in the world dropped out of school we would have a much more intelligent society.” I struggle with the idea that school is unnecessary and that the world would be a better place without it. Quite honestly, it sounds like Jaden could stand to be educated a bit more.
With social media all aflutter about Smith and his lopsided views on education, it has become evident that he needs to take his ability to influence young people a bit more seriously. The young star is admired by teenagers all over the world and with his acting career going strong and his budding music career taking hold, Smith could be using his influence in a positive manner instead of encouraging young people to drop out of school. He has the opportunity to be a role model for young kids who face uncertainties in life. Smith could be that positive role model by staying in school, promoting education to help those stuck in impoverished lifestyles get out and make something of their lives. Unfortunately, Smith’s Twitter rant has the potential to not only send the wrong message but create the idea that you don’t need an education to get by.
As a teacher in a private Christian school and the parent of a son in (public) high school and daughter in (public) college I believe that it doesn’t matter where you get your education as long as you get one. Some parents choose private education for a variety of reasons because their children might struggle in large classes and do better in smaller classes with more individualized instruction; something that private schools tend to offer. But other students may thrive in the larger public school with extra-curricular activities and then other families choose to homeschool. Dedicating ourselves to obtaining the best education we can will teach a solid work ethic (after all, homework is a character builder) and teach the necessary skills to secure a promising future. While I am not suggesting that everyone should go to college, I am suggesting that basic education is necessary in order to be successful at whatever we choose to do.
Do I believe that America’s education system is perfect without flaw? Absolutely not. In fact, I believe that there are many areas that improvement is needed. There are way too many underfunded programs in our schools; a problem that seems to be spread throughout the country. I also believe that there are some wonderful things about our education system and that we have a good foundation built to move forward on. What saddens me is that young, uninformed, spoiled celebrity children like Jaden Smith are using their influence to drag that system down instead of trying to build it up.
What Smith doesn’t realize is that without his parents, he would not have a career. Being given his first onscreen role in “The Pursuit of Happyness” and having his parents produce his next two movies, it is apparent that the young Smith is simply riding on his parent’s fame and fortune and not so much his own abilities. At 15 this young man needs to be preparing himself for life after his carefree teenaged years of running around in celebrity filled circles.
With Smith’s parents catching some flack on their parenting skills, stating that they treat their children with respect and are pretty low key on discipline and responsibility, I have to believe that the younger Smith is without a doubt headed down a pretty slippery slope. All too often child celebrities wind up in unfortunate situations causing harm to themselves and quite possibly others around them. Jaden Smith needs to stop bashing school, pull up his pants, sharpen his pencils, open a book and wise up. Education is important. Victor Hugo, famed author of “Les Miserables" and “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” once said “He who opens a school door closes a prison”. While that may sound a bit exaggerated, I have to agree that the more we educate ourselves, the more opportunity we have to succeed and become responsible productive adults.