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While you’re stressing over the new session, these stars are home-schooling their kids

entertainment Updated: Jun 15, 2011 01:43 IST
Hindustan Times

A recent survey reveals that home-schooling has grown by almost 75% in the last eight years in the West, and the latest to join this fad is none other than Hollywood’s powerful couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. Citing ‘bad education system’, the star couple has opted for home tutors for their six kids. However, Brangelina isn’t the only one. Other Hollywood celebs, who’ve opted for home-schooling for their kids are actors Tom Cruise, Will Smith, John Travolta and Mayim Bialik, to name a few.

While some choose to tutor their kids themselves, others appoint private tutors, or have a family member train their children. But, what’s with these stars that’s actually making them jump on the home-schooling band-wagon? Here’s a brief look at five Hollywood celebs:

Will and Jada Pinkett Smith
Unimpressed with America’s educational system, it’s been a while that actors Will and JadaPinkett Smith opted to home-school their two younger kids. Apart from Will’s oldest son, Trey, 17 (with ex-wife Sheree Zampino), who attends a Christian high school in California, his other two younger children, Jaden, 12, and Willow, 10, are both home-schooled. “We’re in a technological age. We don’t want our kids to memorise. We want them to learn,” Jada was quoted as saying. However, the fact that the star couple always want their kids to be with them whenever they are traveling, was also a factor that lead to the decision of flexible tutoring.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie
It's not only the family's globetrotting lifestyle that has prompted actors Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to opt for home-schooling for their six kids, Maddox (nine), Pax (seven), Zahara (six), Shiloh (five) and two-year-old twins Knox and Vivienne. The couple was also quoted as saying that ‘the education system is so bad’ that their kids are better off being taught at home. Jolie, who claims that their lifestyle is far more educational than the modern school system, said, “Instead of tomfoolery in the class room, I’d rather take them to a museum or teach them guitar.” The star couple has enrolled their kids in the French schooling system, the Lycee programme, which is taught to them at home by nannies.

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes
Actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, both being devout followers of the Church of Scientology that regards even kids as adults and encourages them to live life through personal experience instead of traditional schooling, have entrusted the role of home-tutoring all their three kids to Tom's sister Cass Mapother. Tom's children—two adopted kids Isabella, 18, and Connor, 16 (with ex-wife Nicole Kidman), and his biological-child Suri, five, with Katie Holmes — have never attended formal schooling. “We like the one-on-one education, and you really have to go with what the child is wanting,” Holmes said in an interview.

John Travolta and Kelly
A practitioner of Scientology too, actor John Travolta and his wife Kelly Preston had however put their elder son, Jett, to home-school because of his special needs. In 2009, Jett, 17, an autistic kid by birth, died of seizure during a vacation in The Bahamas. Thereafter, Travolta and Preston decided to home-school their daughter, Ella Bleu, 11, too. “As a parent, I want my children, and all children, to leave school with a real chance to make it in the world,” the Grease star said earlier this year.

Mayim Bialik and Michael Stone
It’s no surprise that this former Blossom star and the present spokesperson for the Holistic Moms Network that supports home-schooling will certainly not send her own kids to school. Actor and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, who has two children — Miles, five, and Fred, two, with husband Michael Stone, and also has degrees in Hebrew and Jewish studies, tutor her kids at home herself. Speaking about the philosophy behind home-schooling, Bialik was quoted as saying, “Our parenting style is to follow our own best instincts. We go by gentle discipline.”

Other people who were homeschooled
1.Pop icon Michael Jackson
2.Tennis players Venus and Serena Williams
3.Novelist Jane Austen
4.Author Agatha Christie
5.Physicist Albert Einstein
6.Inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell
7.Artist Leonardo da Vinci

First Published: Jun 14, 2011 17:37 IST