Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith
Pinkett Smith told Essence in 2005 that they made the decision due to their extensive travel schedule, but also because they were dissatisfied with the United States’ schooling system.
“The school system in this country – public and private – is designed for the industrial age,” she said in an excerpt shared by People.
“We’re in a technological age. We don’t want our kids to memorize. We want them to learn.”
Willow and Jaden are home-schooled in a system that the family call “Mystery School,” where they’re taught how to make records and build pyramids. Their parents also teach them how to grapple with ethical decisions, and how to settle differences with one another.
Jaden praised his parents’ decision to home-school him and his sister in an interview conducted by Pharrell Williams for Interview Magazine.
He told Williams their non-traditional teaching methods allowed their creative pursuits to flourish.
“We went the extra mile on everything because there was no one looking at us,” Jaden said.