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The Jackson Kids' Education -- Home Works

9/9/2009 2:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson's kids won't be attending a swanky school in Los Angeles after all -- the family has decided to keep them enrolled at the one learning facility they are very familiar with ... home.

Michael Jackson's Kids

A source extremely close to the situation tells us the decision was made not to enroll Michael Jr., Paris, and Prince at the Buckley School -- where Tito's three kids attended -- so they could continue being homeschooled by the same tutors they had under Michael's supervision.

The only difference -- their home is now the Jackson's place in Encino, not Michael's place in Holmby Hills.

We're told the Jackson family is pulling out all the stops to recreate a "normal" school environment -- they're even building a school yard, complete with a volleyball court, so the kids can enjoy P.E. time. The kids will also go on field trips and have a designated "lunch hour" in between classes.


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balls    

Simone loves balls.

1817 days ago
17.

WhenPigsFly    

My children were/are homeschooled and they are more well-adjusted and socialized than kids that go to public and private schools. We saw other kids and people all the time, went to museums, art galleries, field trips and did lots of things. These kids are obviously well-adjusted and intelligent from the home-schooling they've received and haven't been damaged by public institutions. Good for the Jacksons on making a wise decision in keeping with what the father would have wanted.

1817 days ago
18.

Look at all the WJ spermette cheerleaders on TMZ. WJ rahrahrah!    

Wacko Jacko turkey basters plan a tribute to WJ on Thanksgiving. Stay tuned for details. All proceeds will benefit all the WJ turkeys requesting TMZ guarantee that WJ's children are his and not the result of us turkey basters.

1817 days ago
19.

OhWell    

What a tragedy, michael jackson's death... Interesting fact, he wanted to be cremated when he died, however they couldn't do this, because he is made of 86% plastic. Instead, he has been melted down to make little kiddie tricycles. That way, children can have the joy of riding him for once!


Michael jackson isn't dead he's just in the childrens ward having a stroke

1817 days ago
20.

OhWell    


Michael Jackson telephoned the singing group Boyz To Men thinking they were a delivery service.


What's the difference between a Wacko Jacko fan and a brick? You get more sense from a brick.


what is mj's favorite time of day? 8 (ate) o'c(l)ock!

1817 days ago
21.

Debbie    

Prayers and Hugs for Michael's children. love you

1817 days ago
22.

Alan    

I agree for now that the children should be home schooled. When they reach their teens things should change. But for now, let things quiet down and let all of us just relax and let life go on for them. May God be with them.

1817 days ago
23.

christy    

Hey Kooky and Balls, since you are the same person, ever thought of combining the space and just send one lame comment. You can then sign Kooky Balls. I am just sayin'.....Everybody, have you figured it out....Kooky and Balls are the same person.....FYI. Next.....

1817 days ago
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a total fan    

There is nothing wrong with home schooling. There are alot of parents that home school and they look for other families doing that same thing. The parents get together and plan field trips to museums, national parks and they organize sport activities, etc. If done right there are many benifits and besides it is what the children are use to. I think with Michael's children is best to leave things as close to the way things were in their lifes for now.

1817 days ago
25.

Skrewed    

Correction: "their" life is going to suck.

Don't want no D-Bags bitchin about it.

1817 days ago
26.

Look at all the WJ spermette cheerleaders on TMZ. WJ rahrahrah!    

Did prez obo brainwash WJ kids like he did other school children?

1817 days ago
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mjjfan50    

I think it's great that the kids will be home schooled (especially now) instead of sending them to private school. Maybe in a couple of years it will be a good switch for them to go private, but they have been through enough as it is in the past couple of months. I hope they are adjusting well and not being taken advantage of.


1817 days ago
28.

Andreemyrian    

For the moment I think it's the best for these lovely children.

1817 days ago
29.

HasBeens    

Elizabeth Vitale, I think you need help. You definitely need closure, but at this point I don't know how you're going to get it. They buried/interred Michael. Accept it, he's gone! I'm grieving myself, and it doesn't help me get through it any easier when I read "he's alive and well," etc. Please try to accept the fact that he is gone, or show me some proof that he isn't. Thank you.

1817 days ago
30.

jwoolman    

Properly home schooled kids do just fine when they do go to a "regular" school (often high school or college). They typically interact plenty with other kids in other contexts and are not socially backward at all.

MJ's kids are being taught quite well by good tutors and so can focus on their studies (rather than dealing with all the "regular classroom" disruptions) and can learn at their own pace - which undoubtedly is much faster than in "regular school". I'm sure he did it this way not only because he obviously could afford it, but also because he wanted them to have the best education possible. This also made it easy for the family to stay together when he traveled.

The "regular school" model is not optimum for kids, it's just what is available to most kids at this time because their parents can't teach them at home, either due to lack of the required skills or the need to be away from home to make money and of course the cost of tutors. Long ago, those who could afford tutors or who had teaching skills themselves (and a flexible work schedule) always "home schooled" their children, it was quite normal for the middle class and upper crust. Rich kids whose parents wanted to get rid of them sent them off to boarding schools eventually once those became available .... but the luckier ones were still "home schooled".

Any teacher can tell you that much smaller classes are better for the kids, it's the cost that keeps them from being the norm. And flexible study plans which mimic home schooling are also more effective, where kids are able to study at their own pace with appropriate help from teachers and computers and don't just get shoved up to the next level according to their age and aren't forced to sit still in rows of desks staring at a blackboard. It's a wonder that anybody manages to learn anything that way (and of course, many don't). The flexible approach avoids all the social problems of "holding back a grade" or "skipping a grade", once you disentangle schooling from how you can interact with other kids, but actually lets a kid master one level before going to the next.

I hated "regular school" myself, besides having to deal with the bullies there was also the slow pace and other disadvantages of the warehouse approach to teaching children. I liked to learn, but hated school. Would have done very well with home schooling, and actually taught myself most things anyway. School just got in the way.

1817 days ago
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