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Jaden Smith: 'Everyone Should Drop out of School'

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Jaden Smith
Jackie Chan Hand and Footprint Ceremony, Los Angeles, America - 06 Jun 2013
Photograph by REX USA/Everett Collection

Hollywood power couple Will and Jada Smith have sure raised some impressive kids. After all, daughter Willow has managed to nab a recording contract, gotten us to whip our hair back and forth, and shown off some pretty unique fashion prowess on the red carpet—all by the tender age of 12. As for her brother Jaden? He's already a pretty big box office star, headlining in big budget films like the Karate Kid and this summer's release After Earth. (And let's not forget all those times he made us cry in 2006's The Pursuit of Happyness.)

But the older Smith kid is also raising some major eyebrows this week after a rather ... (how shall we put this?) ill advised tweet about the irrelevance of the school system.

"People Use To Ask Me What Do You Wanna Be When You Get Older," he tweeted through his handle @officialjaden. "And I Would Say What A Stupid Question The Real Question Is What Am I Right Now. All The Rules In This World Were Made By Someone No Smarter Than You. So Make Your Own."

Our first thoughts when reading this: Hmmm... OK, so maybe he's trying to be motivational? We can definitely get on board with that. (Despite the obvious vibes of youthful arrogance we're getting.)

But the 15-year-old didn't end it there. Just in case enough ears hadn't perked up across the Twitterverse, he continued on: "School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth. Education Is Rebellion. If Newborn Babies Could Speak They Would Be The Most Intelligent Beings On Planet Earth. If Everybody In The World Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society ... Everybody Get Off Your Phones And Go Do What You Actually Wanna Do."

...aaaaand that's where it officially got a bit crazy.

While there's definitely some merit to telling kids to get off their phones and make things happen, there are a lot of obvious problems with this whole rant. The biggest one? Spreading the word that schools are for dummies and a school-free society would be better for all. (A tad misguided, to say the least.) Until it closed last year, Smith was educated at the New Village Leadership Academy in California. (Which ironically, was founded by his own parents.) He is now home-schooled.

But let's not forget this is a 15-year-old kid we're talking about, who still has a lot of learning about the world left to do. After all, when squashing rumors earlier this year that Jaden was going to emancipate himself from his parents, dad Will said, "He is definitely not going anywhere; he is so scared of being out on his own."

What do you think about the tweet?

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