Will Smith And Jada Pinkett Smith Fire The Head of Their Kids' School
Wouldn't it be great if you could just walk into your child's school and pink-slip the teachers you don't like?
That's exactly what Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have done. The Hollywood powerhouses have fired Jacqueline Olivier, the head of The New Village Leadership Academy, a California school that the megawatt married couple founded two years ago, according to RadarOnline.
New Village opened in 2008 and has been the subject of some controversy due to an alleged Scientology-based curriculum. For example, some feel that the schools' motto, "Spiral Up!", is derived from Scientology teachings. Oliver and the Smiths, "were said to have clashed about the school's mysterious Study Tech curriculum which was devised by Scientologist founder Ron L. Hubbard," according to RadarOnline.
The couple has denied that New Village is associated with any religion. In June 2008, Jacqueline Oliver told the Los Angeles Times, "We are a secular school and just like all nonreligious independent schools, faculty and staff do not promote their own religions at school or pass on the beliefs of their particular faith to children." There is no mention of Hubbard or Scientology on the curriculum section of the New Village website.
Other celebrities have put their educational money where their mouth is. Tiger Woods started the Tiger Woods Learning Center in California in 2006. Tennis star Andre Agassi opened the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy in 2001. And then there is the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy School for Girls, which has had some very real scandals in recent years.
Will and Jada had been homeschooling their children before deciding that they wanted to "revolutionize the public school system," according to published reports. It's unclear how starting a private school will achieve that goal. Then again, firing public-school administrators can be very difficult, no matter how famous you are.
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.