Jaden Smith's 'Scary' Twitter Rant Sends Parents Into a Tizzy
**Another good discussion post**
by Lisa Fogarty
Remember when you were 15 and spent a good portion of your day expressing your innermost thoughts on a crumbled piece of paper that you tossed to your BFF during third period? Among scribbling amusing quips about the boy we loved to death, how many of us are guilty of also writing something along the lines of, "School sucks. Who needs this class?"
Well, Jaden Smith just more or less did the same thing and, boy, are folks -- adult folks -- needlessly coming down hard on him.
The 15-year-old son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith took to Twitter, the 2013 version of note-passing, and declared: "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."
He continued: "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."
Are his comments outrageously silly? Yes. Dangerous? No. Just no.
Some adults disagree and say Jaden is a bad influence on other kids. They're blaming everything from Scientology to Will and Jada's parenting philosophy, which I'll admit is far more liberal than anything I experienced growing up.
But even my strict parents certainly didn't stop me from publishing poems in high school that raged against everything from school to society (as seen through 15-year-old eyes) to, yep, my parents. Granted, I wasn't a celebrity with millions of teens hanging on my every word, but the ones who read my writing weren't the bit scandalized -- they related to what I wrote, just as I related to their tales of teen woe.
And I can guarantee few teens have glanced at Jaden's Twitter page and felt even the slightest jolt of anxiety at what they've read. In my opinion, Will and Jada are doing the right thing by under-reacting to their son's recent public rants. Don't worry, in five years he'll look back and feel totally embarrassed about this time in his young life. Just like we would if we could get our hands on those notes from third period.
What do you think about what he tweeted?