Contributing Monkie G Living Staff Monkies
Published on August 20, 2008
What is it with celebrities and food? And for that matter, celebrities and schools? On the one hand we’ve got Jake Gyllenhaal opening an organic restaurant, along with countless other A-listers, and on the other we’ve got Oprah and Madonna aiming to educate kids by building schools in Africa.
Well, I’m pleased to report that the coolest of all action heroes, Will Smith, has managed to merge the two together. In typical Big Willie Style, Smith has plunked down nearly $1 million to lease a former high school in California so kids can enjoy an organic, sugar-free educational experience with a little Scientology on the side.
The independent school (cost: reportedly $12,500) will open for the Fall 2008 term and will educate kids from pre-kindergarten to 6th grade. “We believe that an individual’s survival and prosperity are inextricably bound to the rise and fall of his or her family, social groups and humankind,” reads the mission statement on the school’s site.
Sounds like a good philosophy to me. But what’s really got people talking is the curriculum, which features (according to Ecorazzi) “something called ‘study technology’ developed by none other than the famed Scientologist ‘L.R. Hubbard.’”
Still more newsworthy is the school’s nutrition policy. “As part of the New Village philosophy, all students must be well-rested and well-fed in order to perform at their optimum. Students are fed breakfast, lunch and two snacks,” says the site. “In addition to being well-fed, it is essential that students consume healthy meals, which we believe optimizes their overall performance.” This rules out pasta and fried foods (for the most part), sugar and MSG — and adds in organic fruits, brown rice and high protein.
I’m not sure the kids will like it, but it sounds like a good idea.
I can’t help but think back to the ‘80s, when Smith’s alter ego, The Fresh Prince, bemoaned that “Parents Just Don’t Understand”. Now, 20-some years later (yes, I feel old right now), maybe there’s one parent who does.