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Jaden Smith Twitter rant: School-bashing sends kids dangerous message

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(Read caption) Jaden Smith attends a hand and footprint ceremony for actor Jackie Chan at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California, June 6, 2013.

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Actor and aspiring singer Jaden Smith's condemnation of school via Twitter may sound like typical teen angst, but as a celebrity role model for youth his rant may have unwittingly perpetuated a poverty cycle which is often fueled by poor educational choices.

The widely influential Jaden, age 15, son to Will and Jada, brother to Willow, boyfriend to Kylie Jenner, and friend of Justin Bieber took to Twitter Sept. 12 to tell followers that schools serve the sole purpose of “brainwashing the youth.”

Reading the stories about Jaden’s rant popping up all over the Internet my heart sank, because for the past six years I have worked hard as a volunteer helping kids who hate school and feel disenfranchised by the system to re-connect with education via mentoring and chess. While I have never communicated directly with any of the Smiths, the Will and Jada Smith Foundation paid for the plane ticket that brought teen role model Pobo Efekoro of the film Brooklyn Castle here to Norfolk, Va. to empower kids to stay in school.


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