Simon Cowell wants his kid out of school at the age of only 10 years old. Hewould like for his son to start working with him after that.
Out of school at 10 years old
Cowell had his son Eric with Lauren Silverman on 14 February 2014. The Britain’s Got Talent judge told NBC, “Listen if I can get him out at 10 to come and work for me then I would. I was better off out of school than I was in.”
He added, “But I didn’t have that major stress about homework, because I would just throw it away. A healthy, happy kid is more important than an over-educated, stressed kid.”
In addition, Cowell commented on the UK school system, saying, “I saw a documentary recently where apparently the most academic kids in the world now are from Finland. The reason is they stopped homework and the education minister said there is way too much stress on kids.”
Additionally, he said, “They have to be kids, they have to enjoy themselves and enjoy school. I see kids today (who have) too much pressure on them to over-achieve. Everyone is taught they have got to achieve everything immediately or you are going to be a failure.”
He continued, “I disagree with that and if you are like me – not academically smart – but you want to work hard, I believed in the apprenticeship way of working. So I would never put Eric under that pressure. I always wish I had kept my school reports as they were hilariously bad and I used to change them before I gave them to my mum to read.”
The 59 year old is himself a student of the Radlett Preparatory School and Dover College. He left the school after passing GCE O Levels in English Language and English Literature. He went on to study at the Windsor Technical College where he gained a Sociology degree.
100% encouragement to leave school at 16
Cowell has always been outspoken about his views of the education system. He told BBC Radio 2 that he would encourage his son to leave school at 16. He said, “Leave at 16 if you want to work, 100 per cent I would encourage him.
Additionally, he said, “I don’t understand why you would want to torture someone to be somewhere they don’t want to be but actually want to go out into the real world and make a living.”
Robert Halfon, Chair of the Education Committee, replied to Cowell’s comments, telling The Sun, “It’s really important that someone like him sets a good example. Many children from lower incomes and disadvantaged backgrounds depend on school.”
In addition, he said, “The school is the place that gives them some comfort, support, friendships and, even meals. Not everyone can be like Simon Cowell.”
Cowell’s son is currently 5 years old.