Uh-Oh: Will and Jada Forced to Close Their Private Elementary School
When it comes to education, it looks like the Smith family is getting an F. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith opened the New Village Leadership School in California in 2008 and that school has just been closed, reports Hollywood.com. People weren’t big on its um, unorthodox teachings, and the school just wasn’t bringing in enough money.
New Village Leadership relied on the Study Teach curriculum, developed by science fiction writer and Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Many protested the school at its opening, saying it taught Scientology; Will and Jada denied the claims, saying the school had no religious affiliation (this isn’t the first time they’ve dodged accusations of being Scientologists). The couple was so invested in the school, they sent their two children Willow and Jaden there.
Alas, it just wasn’t enough. Though there’s been no official reason given for the school’s closing, it seems like it was a question of money. Even with two super famous people backing it, it didn’t get the enrollment or donations necessary to keep it going–especially in the face of more than $1 million in liabilities. And according to the National Enquirer (dubious source, we know), some kids couldn’t read by the time they left the sixth grade.
Here’s hoping the couple’s next venture is more successful because this is really, really bad.