With great power comes great responsibility — and Justin Bieber is responsible for spreading a lousy message about higher education to his fans.
Justin told The Daily Telegraph of Australia (via OKMagazine.com) that he only graduated high school to make his mom happy and he's "really not into" traditional education.
"I mean, this kind of lifestyle has given me a different perspective on life,” he said. “I've been able to travel the world. At school, usually you have to do a lot of writing and reading. I'm really not into that stuff. I like to be out there."
Biebs no likey books? Sadz.
In an interview with GQ, he was asked about not having stepped foot in a classroom since he was 14. "As far as education goes, you should be a smarter person."
No idea what that means.
You can't argue with the 18-year-old's success — he has money, power, influence and adoration — and he's not exactly a dangerous rebel. There are far worse role models out there than Justin Bieber. But you could argue for that very reason it matters more what he says — he's considered a relatively good influence, so if he subtly disses education as boring or uncool, it could reverberate louder than if, say, Paris Hilton said it. His words have great power. Yeah, he’s only speaking for himself, but it’s going out to millions of kids.
Maybe Oprah should set him up with a cool summer book list!