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QUOTE OF THE DAY

Filed at 4:49 am under by dcobranchi

Will Smith says he and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith homeschool their children because the most valuable things he learned he didn’t get from school. “The date of the Boston Tea Party does not matter,” Smith told Reader’s Digest. “I know how to learn anything I want to learn. I absolutely know that I could learn how to fly the space shuttle because someone else knows how to fly it, and they put it in a book. Give me the book, and I do not need somebody to stand up in front of the class.”

9 Responses to “QUOTE OF THE DAY”


Comment by
Kim
November 21st, 2006
at 8:43 am

Celebrity homeschooling exists! But I wish he had chosen another example of something he could easily learn from a book, because I’m fairly certain flight training has a hands on type learning curve.


Comment by
SLM
November 21st, 2006
at 10:41 am

Maybe he meant fly one in a movie.


Comment by
Stargirl
November 21st, 2006
at 11:06 am

FWIW, Will Smith is no dummy. He graduated from Overbrook High in Philly and gave up a scholarship to MIT to persue his career as a rap artist.

>>Jada tells ESSENCE magazine, “(They are homeschooled) for flexibility, so they can stay with us when we travel, and also because the school system in this country – public and private is designed for the industrial age. We’re in a technological age. We don’t want our kids to memorise. We want them to learn.”


Comment by
COD
November 21st, 2006
at 11:11 am

I thought he moved in with his rich uncle in LA 😉


Comment by
don
November 22nd, 2006
at 12:48 am

I had read somewhere that they homeschooled, but also that it was more along the lines of hiring private tutors who taught their kids rather than doing it themselves.


Comment by
April in NC
November 22nd, 2006
at 12:18 pm

Here’s the link to the full Reader’s Digest article, from which the quote was pulled. Interesting reading, especially the part about how everyone should start learning Plato’s “The Republic” in first grade! Also includes a link to the 1 hour 20 minute audio recording of the interview, in case you have nothing better to do!

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Comment by
COD
November 22nd, 2006
at 1:07 pm

The blog reaction has been interesting. I’ve seen several blog posts from standard issue statists that are freaked out over this. Apparently our entertainers are not supposed to have ideas that break from the status quo.


Comment by
Bonnie
November 24th, 2006
at 11:00 am

Maybe he meant fly one in a movie.

Nah…in movies you just jump in any alien spacecraft and fly it into outer space without so much as an oxygen mask 🙂

“I have *got* to get me one o’ these!”

LOL!


Comment by
Andrea
November 24th, 2006
at 3:55 pm

The funniest argument I read against celebrities homeschooling was that their kids should go to school to learn how the be properly socialized. Now I dunno about you, but they all live in or near LA, Hollywood etc… I would think the social atmosphere around there would be even *worse*

I like his attitude about it though, private tutors or not.