Kate Gosselin experienced something dreaded by many parents: that unpleasant call from school saying their child has been expelled. Last week, two of her eight children — 6-year-olds Collin and Alexis — were expelled from their private school in Pennsylvania, according to People.com. As a result, Kate decided to homeschool the kids. Various tabloids stated the kids were expelled for name-calling, bullying and rage. We don’t know the whole story, but the kids could be spoiled brats or, like non-celebrity children, reacting to their parents’ divorce.
We can be quick to judge Kate Gosselin and her brood, as well as other celebrity children who’ve demonstrated bad behavior. While we only hear of the negative impact of celebrity on kids and their education, the public seems to forget about positive celebrity stories.
Two-time Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster, who came from a broken family, received her first acting job in a sunblock commercial at age 3. She guest-starred on television shows before her big break as a teen prostitute in Martin Scorsese’s 1976 movie “Taxi Driver,” starring Robert De Niro. She earned her first Oscar nomination for the role. She attended Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles, a bicultural private school in Los Angeles. She was the valedictorian of the graduating class in 1980. She then studied at Yale University, graduating magna cum laude and earning a bachelor’s degree in literature. Though she achieved early celebrity, apparently her parents made sure education came first. When Foster returned to the public eye, she won her two Academy Awards, directed movies and became the mother of two.
Emma Watson became an instant celebrity at the age of 11 for her role as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter series. While many celebrities feel haunted by a signature role, early fame didn’t seem to change her. Unlike a lot of young celebs, like Miley Cyrus, Watson was not homeschooled. Instead, she attended The Dragon School, a preparatory school in Oxford, during her primary years. Then, she enrolled in the Headington School, an all-girls private boarding school. Although it’s wasn’t public school, Watson was still exposed to other people not in show business. She completed her education in 2006, with honors, and began attending Brown University, an Ivy League school in the United States.
Jodie Foster and Emma Watson’s parents apparently saw the importance of exposing their daughters to peers not in the spotlight. Neither of these women seemed to be lumped with some of the Hollywood casualties. The truth is nobody knows how the Gosselin children will turn out. Kids who are not in the spotlight get expelled from school every day. The only reason we know about them is their time in front of the camera. Eventually, the two kids may return to school, and 10 years from now, they could turn out to be well-adjusted kids.