Media is in an uproar right now because Jaden Smith, son of Will and Jada Smith, and brother of Willow Smith, tweeted “If Everybody In The World Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society.” Other anti-educated tweets include, "School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth", and “If Newborn Babies Could Speak They Would Be The Most Intelligent Beings On Planet Earth."
People everywhere are weighing in on the face that Jaden is sending a message to his 4 million twitter followers; many of whom are already disenfranchised with schools. However, the young man may be onto something. If you look at one tweet in particular, you will see that he isn't exactly anti education. His statement “Education Is Rebellion” sends a different and probably more important message than the obvious "school sucks" teenage message. Instead, one could deduce that he feels that it is more important to learn than to be taught.
"Education is rebellion" could very well mean that if you really want to rebel or challenge the status quo, then pick up a book and learn on your own instead of waiting for someone to teach you. A famous quote from Frederick Douglass speaks on the value and rebellion of education. His slavemaster Mr. Auld, told his wife, who had been teaching young Frederick, " If you teach (him) how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master. As to himself, it could do him no good, but a great deal of harm. It would make him discontented and unhappy."
Perhaps Jaden Smith should have been a bit less original in his tweet and searched for such a quote to express his displeasure with schools as we know them, but there was still a bit of wisdom in his statements. Chances are we wasn't looking to initiate a mass exodus from schools. Instead, he was trying to point out that a public school education is severely limiting, and encouraging his followers to go and learn something for themselves.
With that said, we could all continue to label Jaden Smith as dangerous, and mock him as stupid because he over-capitalized his tweets, and under punctuated his sentences, or we could ask him to explain what he meant. But, he might be busy learning Chinese in China or earning a real-life living to answer obvious questions.