Jada Pinkett Smith Defends Jaden Smith for Telling Kids to Drop out of School?
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Jaden Smith is one of the children to two of the biggest stars in Hollywood, and with that kind of upbringing, it’s no surprise the teenager is the target of public scrutiny quite often. Just as his younger sister Willow, Jaden has made headlines for saying and doing things deemed controversial by the media and mainstream America; however, Jada Pinkett Smith said recently that she is confident her children won’t grow up to be spoiled and troubled like most of the children of Hollywood’s leading stars. Interestingly enough, Jaden is getting a lot of backlash for his recent comments about school, and the young actor angered many when he claimed on Twitter that school is useless and only “brainwashes” kids. He then said kids would be better off dropping out of school.
Jada has always been open about her thoughts on people being criticized for the things they say and do, and it’s not unheard of for her to take to her Facebook page to express her opinions. But the timing of her most recent Facebook posts has many thinking she could be cryptically defending her son’s latest Twitter controversy. Jada writes:
We continually forget that life is about discovering ourselves and our purpose. We spend so much time criticising 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. 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.