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“Not What Her Goals Are”: 12-Year-Old Gets Pulled Out Of School So She Can Focus On “Work”
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“Not What Her Goals Are”: 12-Year-Old Gets Pulled Out Of School So She Can Focus On “Work”

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Gone are the days when sending your kids to university to follow an academic path was a parent’s biggest dream.

This mom just demonstrated how much our world has changed, particularly when it comes to our society’s interest, as she has decided her daughter is better off focusing on social media than school.

Kat Zoe Clark, a self-described “mom of two sassy queens”, divided the internet this week after revealing she was pulling her 12-year-old daughter, Deja, out of school to concentrate on “work”.

Influencer Kat Clark revealed she was pulling her 12-year-old daughter, Deja, out of school to concentrate on social media “work”

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Speaking on the “It’s All Her” podcast with Jordy Lucas, Kat revealed that she thought school was getting in the way of Deja’s influencer career.

“Traditional schooling worked [for Deja] in primary school because I had a corporate job,” Kat explained.

She continued: “Since coming into this new career, there is a lot of traveling involved.

“I’m often flying to Sydney … so that nine to five, Monday to Friday schooling isn’t working for us.”

Speaking on the “It’s All Her” podcast with Jordy Lucas, Kat revealed that she thought school was getting in the way of Deja’s influencer career

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“I honestly love working so closely with my daughters. It’s so much fun,” the influencer mom said

@katclark Unboxing our first advent calendar #adventcalendar #maekup ♬ original sound – Kat Clark

Kat has already enrolled Deja in a home-schooling system for the next year.

According to the mom, Deja had been missing a lot of school before being pulled and subsequently explained that homeschooling was better suited to the family’s lifestyle.

“Deja’s even starting to get opportunities as well now, so 9-3, Monday to Friday schooling isn’t working for us because we’ve found that we’ve had to take her out of school quite a bit,” Kat said.

Image credits: deja_clarkk

She added: “With Deja, if she wanted to be a doctor or lawyer – we’d encourage her to go after those dreams. 

“But currently those are not what her goals are. 

“We’re willing to work with her whatever happens.”

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Kat went on to admit that she loved working so closely with her daughters, adding: “It’s so much fun, it’s like working with my best friends.”

Taking to TikTok, where Jordy Lucas had shared glimpses of the podcast episode featuring Kat, users flooded the comment section with concerns.

Someone wrote: “She’s 13. 

“It is totally inappropriate of them, I think they are just doing a disservice to their daughter’s future!”

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Another person wrote: “The reasoning behind leaving school changes a lot of things and if you’re leaving school to pursue social media, no way.”

A separated individual penned: “I think Deja was set up to not thrive at high school, and encouraged/guided/groomed to have to home school to make doing social media/travel easier.”

Another TikTok user chimed in: “I think doing homeschool at 17 is very different to 13.

“Unless you’re a child actor or professional athlete, you shouldn’t be dropping out.”

“With Deja, if she wanted to be a doctor or lawyer – we’d encourage her to go after those dreams,” Kat said

Image credits: kat_clark_

Kat said she felt “torn” about the “scary decision” of enrolling her daughter in home school

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@katclark Cook dinner with me. First time trying buldak carbonara. #cooking #homeschool ♬ original sound – Kat Clark

Nevertheless, Jonathan Clark, Kat’s husband and father to their two daughters, also took to the comment section to clarify the situation, as he wrote: “Deja is not dropping out of school. 

“This is a little misleading. 

“Deja will be structurally homeschooled and for reasons more than are mentioned.”

Kat has also since defended her questionable decision.

She said on TikTok: “Deja is in her first year of high school … we actually have enrolled her into homeschooling for next year and we think that’s best for her, just because we don’t want her to miss out on these opportunities.

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“If she gets to year 10, and she says, ‘Actually, Mum, this isn’t something that I enjoy’ we’re going to be able to put her back in traditional schooling.

“You guys already know Deja hates school, like, she’s very smart, but she does not enjoy it at all.

“For [her other daughter] Tisha, for example, she did finish school and she did end up going to uni … And then we started getting into podcasting.

“And she’s now since dropped out of uni, to kind of follow her dreams.

“If [Deja] wanted to be a lawyer, a doctor, or a surgeon, then obviously we would encourage her … But currently right now, that’s not what her goals are.”

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While some criticized Kat’s decision, others admired her support for Deja’s career

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VioletHunter
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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Home schooling, if done properly, should require as much time as regular school lessons, so this woman is just trying to deprive her kid of a good education. Not to mention an actual social circle with actual people that are not just faceless online accounts.

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Jessica SpeLangm
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

@Violet....I completely agree with everything you said, especially the social aspect. Did Deja even get a chance to voice her opinion? Probably not. Deja might get the academic education from homeschooling, but she's going to miss out gaining friends and understanding how to "exist" in a group of people her own age.

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Royal Stray
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Honestly this is borderline if CPS should be involved. You do not stunt your child's social and academical education because you think it's a good future for her to post pictures of herself online as a career. Also aren't there laws against kids that young working, I'm pretty sure most platforms are at least PG-13. Homeschooling is another thing, but that should require some sort of certificate that you're qualified for teaching your kid stuff. This mom is clearly just using it as an excuse for her daughter to make money as a child.

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VioletHunter
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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Unfortunately if this is in the US, where homeschooling is not only legal, but is basically completely unsupervised by the government in most states. John Oliver did a piece on it recently (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzsZP9o7SlI) and often the kids are literally never heard from again. No one checks on their academic progress or well-being.

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VioletHunter
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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Home schooling, if done properly, should require as much time as regular school lessons, so this woman is just trying to deprive her kid of a good education. Not to mention an actual social circle with actual people that are not just faceless online accounts.

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Jessica SpeLangm
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

@Violet....I completely agree with everything you said, especially the social aspect. Did Deja even get a chance to voice her opinion? Probably not. Deja might get the academic education from homeschooling, but she's going to miss out gaining friends and understanding how to "exist" in a group of people her own age.

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Royal Stray
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2 months ago DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Honestly this is borderline if CPS should be involved. You do not stunt your child's social and academical education because you think it's a good future for her to post pictures of herself online as a career. Also aren't there laws against kids that young working, I'm pretty sure most platforms are at least PG-13. Homeschooling is another thing, but that should require some sort of certificate that you're qualified for teaching your kid stuff. This mom is clearly just using it as an excuse for her daughter to make money as a child.

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VioletHunter
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2 months ago (edited) DotsCreated by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Unfortunately if this is in the US, where homeschooling is not only legal, but is basically completely unsupervised by the government in most states. John Oliver did a piece on it recently (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzsZP9o7SlI) and often the kids are literally never heard from again. No one checks on their academic progress or well-being.

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