Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt are home-schooling their children because their education “has to be very balanced”
This is certainly Angelina Jolie’s week! She’s everywhere right now! She’s out promoting her new movie, ‘In the Land of Blood and Honey’. She’s on the cover of Newsweek, she’s being interviewed by ABC News…you name it.
Here is part of her interview with ABC News. In the interview she opens up about her new movie (of course), adopting and home-schooling her children (amongst other things).
Why she wrote the script: “I was thinking and meditating on these international themes of violence against women, lack of intervention, and how human beings are changed and warped by war, and how some people come out stronger and some people are truly broken,” Jolie told “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour, who covered the Bosnian conflict in the 1990′s. “There’s no safe way to tackle these subject matters, but I think the important thing is to discuss them and tackle them. This is our generation’s war. … this was, you know, the worst genocide since World War II in Europe,” she said. “It was– ‘what were we all doing?’ And ‘did we do enough’ and ‘why do we not speak about this enough’ and ‘why I don’t know enough about this?’ And so I wanted to learn. I felt a responsibility to learn.”
How it felt to be behind the camera: The actress said it felt “bizarre” to play the role of the writer and the director, but added that it was “great not to be in front of the camera.” Jolie said “writing is the hardest because it feels the most exposed. When you’re an actress, you use somebody else’s words and you can always blame the director and the director can say the editor,” she said. “But the writer is the one that kind of sits alone in the room and writes what they think is important, funny, historical, topical.”
She doesn’t think the film will be a hit: “We did it because we felt this is a war that isn’t talked about enough,” Jolie said. “I know it’s a hard film to sit through, but it’s two hours to sit through something that’s very hard, and these people lived through it for many, many years, and it was many, many times worse than any reenactment could possibly be. And I feel like it’s a gift and a duty to sit through two hours of what they lived through.”
On home-schooling the kids: “I’m being very careful with their schooling, we’re home-schooling especially when it comes to history, to make sure it’s not one country’s point of view of their country,” Jolie said. “Because it has to be very balanced and they have to learn about their country so they can form their own conclusions.”
On adoptions: “I look at them and think what their birth parents must have gone through, what their birth grandparents would have done through, and so I feel connected to it,” Jolie said. “It’s a gift when you adopt a child from another country. This whole country enters your home.”
She and Brad disagree about the death penalty: “I won’t say whose side anyone is on, but it’s the one, the thing nobody brings up at dinner because nobody wants us to go off on each other,” she said. “But it’s fun. It’s a fun debate, you know? It’s a good– you want to be able to have — to respect each other’s views and to not be exactly– we’re not identical. We have– we have strong views.”
The future: “I don’t feel needed in a position of being an actor. I feel like I’m needed at home as a mom, and I’m hoping that I’ll find other things,” Jolie said. “I’d love to be able to write or direct or work on and produce more projects about issues dealing with situations that I feel passionate about.”
I was homeschooled for 5 years from third to eighth grade. I have nothing against homeschooling, and I completely respect my parent’s reasons for doing so, but in my opinion, textbooks are only half of the education process. I think it’s important for kids to develop healthy social skills, and it’s hard to get those when you’re homeschooled. Yes, you can keep your kids involved in groups – but I don’t think it’s the same.
And how about that death penalty topic. Who do you think is apposed to it – and who do you think is for it? I say Brad is pro-death penalty. Maybe it’s his super religious upbringing. I just see Angie being more laid back on this one.
Here are pictures of Angie out and about yesterday in NYC. She looks beautiful, in my opinion.
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