10 Celebrity Parents Who Chose Homeschooling Instead of Public School (1 of 11)

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett

Celebrity parents face a unique set of challenges with their children's education -- with erratic work schedules, frequent travel, and paparazzi on every corner, it's no wonder many actors, writers, and entrepreneurs choose to keep their children out of a traditional school.

But the practical concerns aren't the only reason that famous families turn to homeschooling and private tutors: Many of them also prefer the individual attention, customized curricula, and wide range of experiences that make homeschooling so appealing to the rest of the 2.4 million homeschoolers in America today. You may not be able to fly in tutors from all over the world to educate your kids, but you can follow the lead of these well-known homeschoolers even without their A-list status.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett

Actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett have a world of educational options available to them, but when their children reached school age they decided homeschooling was their best choice. Jada told ESSENCE magazine, "The school system in this country -- public and private -- is designed for the industrial age. We're in a technological age. We don't want our kids to memorize. We want them to learn." The flexible schedule has also helped son Jaden and daughter Willow explore outside interests (he starred in The Karate Kid remake and she released her first single last year).

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