Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Readers Digest Interview With Will Smith

These are a couple of questions from an interview that Readers Digest had with Will Smith. I think he is an unschooler and doesn't even realize it :)

Interviewer: Have you ever thought about going back to college?

Will: The things that have been most valuable to me I did not learn in school. Traditional education is based on facts and figures and passing tests – not on comprehension of the material and its application to your life. Jada and I homeschool our children, because the date of the Boston Tea Party does not matter.

Interviewer: But there are some basics in education that need to be taught.

Will: Of course there are. Reading, writing and arithmetic, because those are the languages of our country.

Interviewer: So, you don’t see any reason to go back to a formal education yourself?

Will: I know how to learn anything I want to learn. I absolutely know that I could learn how to fly the space shuttle because someone else knows how to fly it, and they put it in a book. Give me the book, and I do not need somebody to stand in front of a class.

Interviewer: They put physics in a book, but I know I could never be a physicist.

Will: The first step is you have to say that you can.


kelli said...

Ah man, thanks Heidi. We loved Will Smith before. *g* Now what??


Heather said...

He's awesome!

His new movie looks really good...he's in it with his son!

Joanne said...

Thanks for posting that. He sounds like a great parent. :-)

♥ diana ♥ said...

The letter writing campaign should start *now* -- we gotta get Jada and Will to a L&L Conference!!!!
Speaking of which, are you guys gonna venture down to Oregon for Life is Good?? We'd sure LOVE to see ya there! :)

emily said...

My husband saw that article a few days ago. I knew I liked him.