Jaden Smith has an immense amount of privilege. Not only does he have two very rich parents, he is a star in his own right. Because of all of his privilege, much of the conversation I have seen about his tweets were very much dismissive. Many people believe that Jaden is in a position to eschew education because of his class privilege. Some are ashamed to see a Black child so openly espousing a negative view of school, when so many fought for years for the right to get an education. There was after all a time when it was illegal to teach a Black slave to read.
The Smiths have faced a lot of public attacks about how they raise their children and I don't imagine this latest revelation by Jaden is going to help. If we pause for a moment and put Jaden's privilege aside and think about the essence of what he said; he does have a point.
Schools, despite the best efforts of some really good teachers, do not exist to teach kids to think critically. Children are instead forced to learn a very biased curriculum and often times, teachers are forced to simply prepare the kids to take standardized tests. Most schools only focus on teaching the oppressors truth and the voices and experiences of marginalized people are completely erased. It's no wonder that by the time children get to university, where they must think for the first time in their educational lives, so many struggle.