Angelina Jolie: My Kids Won’t Go To Traditional Schools

Hollywood royalty couple Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have decided to opt out of traditional schooling for their children, citing sub-par academic standards

Few groups are more mocked and maligned than home-schooling families in the United States. Perhaps things are about to change?

Mega-star mom Angelina Jolie thinks modern schools are insufficient to cater to her children’s needs, preferring to hire hand-picked tutors and home-school her offspring, and urging them to “pick up a book” instead of finishing their schoolwork.

In a candid interview Jolie recently gave to The Independent, the world-renown actress harshly criticised conventional schools, saying they were utterly incapable of properly educating the six children she and Brad Pitt are raising together.

“I do think we live in a different age and the education system hasn’t caught up with our children and our way of life,” Jolie said. “But we travel and I’m the first person to say, ‘Get the schoolwork done as quickly as possible because let’s go out and explore’. I’d rather them go to a museum and learn to play guitar and read and pick a book they love.”

Jolie’s disdain for the conventional school system stems from her and Pitt’s hectic filming schedules in locations around the world. They often take their children with them. Pitt has previously spoken of his “nomadic family”. In a 2009 interview he said: “We have to think about schooling, though, and we’re in an international programme, so wherever we go it’s the same curriculum.” When not working, the couple split their time between homes in New Orleans and the French Riviera.

Now, Jolie has revealed her anxiety about keeping her children’s education on track. “I wish there was a book every parent could read that tells you how to navigate through the school system, and how to tailor the education for your children and their interests,” she said.

With public support from the likes of Angelina Jolie, perhaps we’re on the verge of a re-branding for home schooling options.


  1. Ayn Marie Samuelson

    School systems do not tailor education to individual students because the system is not set up to allow individualized education. In fact, national standardization is occurring in curriculum and testing through the push of the federal government and Gates/Buffett funding, along with educational elites who are benefiting from the initiative. Check out the Common Core State Standards in your state that have come down from those noted above. Parents, communities and teachers will see a more one-size-fits-all approach to education. This is not what most Americans want for their children. Exposing the Public Education System is a book that explains the system and provides a community-based solution to educate individual students at the most local level possible. It can be done.

  2. Durwin

    Of course, the ideal education would be one tailored to each individual student. While we can move slightly in that direction (with common standards forming the base), it would take enormous funding to make it a reality. When parents have tremendous resources to devote to six children, their education should be stellar, overcoming the “nomadic” lifestyle. Kudos to the couple for dedicating some of their vast resources to the education of their children. It’s unfortunate that all of us don’t have that opportunity.

    • Bill

      It does not take “enormous funding”, we do ‘custom tailored education’ for each of our children for about $300 each per year.

  3. Linda

    The cost of home educating children varies on the method used. It is possible to educate six children very well with $300 total. Of course, the time commitment is huge.

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June 6th, 2011

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