Jaden Smith: School's Out Forever

Jaden Smith has some pretty strong opinions about the formal education system for someone who doesn't participate in it.

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Most teenagers think they know it all, but Jaden Smith is taking it to the next level. The child star says formal education is worthless and that kids should drop out of school to get some real smarts in the School of Life.

The actor-rapper-dancer, who at the ripe old age of 15 obviously knows everything there is to know — and is reportedly dating Kylie Jenner — told fans on Twitter that school is for fools and the world would be better off with a population full of dropouts.

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"All The Rules In This World Were Made By Someone No Smarter Than You," he wrote on Sept. 9. "So Make Your Own."

A few days later, he followed up with a more direct criticism of formal education.

"School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth," he wrote, obviously not having been brainwashed into using capitalization correctly. "Education Is Rebellion. If Newborn Babies Could Speak They Would Be The Most Intelligent Beings On Planet Earth."

"If Everyone Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society."

Smith's own educational history is spotty at best. He and sister Willow were home-schooled for several years, then attended the New Village Leadership Academy, a school founded by his parents Will and Jada Smith with a curriculum heavily influenced by Scientology, until it shut down in June 2013. He and his sister are now reportedly being home-schooled again.

While his parents have yet to address his comments, mom Jada yesterday had some musings about life of her own.

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"We continually forget that life is about discovering ourselves and our purpose," she wrote on her Facebook page. "We spend so much time criticizing one another for the decisions or inevitable pitfalls along the way that we forget that making mistakes, falling, failing and getting up again is exactly what life is about. Instead we try to use criticism as a way to pretend that we don't fall, we don't make mistakes or struggle, we pretend we have it all together, when we don't. None of us have it all together. At some point I hope we all get to what's real and surrender to the fact that we are all in the same boat, discovering and trying to figure out this thing called life so we might as well support each other along the way."

"Just remember, you're good, no matter what anyone else says," she added. "You are right where you need to be today. Keep living. The answers will come and be patient with yourself and others while we all... discover."

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Comments on "Jaden Smith tells kids to drop out of school"

Peter February 22, 2014 | 8:46 PM

I'm glad Jaden makes these amazingly sophomoric observations . . good job! Another brainless celebrity mistaking his popularity for intelligence. Yes, keep sending this stupid message to the right people. My college educated children will be their masters . . .

Lila February 09, 2014 | 2:39 PM

In order to understand what Jaden is talking about you have to be very optimistic and open-minded. If you really think about what he is saying, he is making some pretty good points. The fact that most people don't understand what he is trying to say proves his point.

barbie smith January 28, 2014 | 3:35 AM

i do not think its a good idea to drop out of school.jaden are u crazy?

Jasmine Williams September 21, 2013 | 6:58 PM

That is a very irresponsible thing for him to say. All people aren't born with the amount of money and fame that he has. There are kids out there who depend on getting an education to further them in life. He is a teen who doesn't know anything about life. Not even his own.

Suzanne September 21, 2013 | 3:53 PM

The statements that this young man makes, and believes, are proof positive that he is totally misguided. I would be terribly embarrassed if my child said such things. Is he kidding??? Grow up little boy.

Jason September 20, 2013 | 11:01 AM

All he knows is Dating and twitting, as long as he has his father's money he could say this, when its all over jaden is not even qualified to take a juvenile job too...

John September 18, 2013 | 11:51 PM

What a twot!!! Just every kid drop out of school and be a dumb --- like Jaden Smith. I hope they lose all their money and then lets see what the little --- hole does...

Sengal September 18, 2013 | 1:28 PM

Finally, a smart kid with smart parents. People are beginning to wakeup. Kudos to Jaden.

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