Some say Gwyneth Paltrow doesn’t have a clue about the average working mother, and a story in the news today will do nothing to change their minds.
Paltrow and husband Chris Martin are seeking a genius to privately tutor their children, Moses, 5 and Apple, 7.
Though the text of the ad was not released publicly, it has been reported that Gwyneth and Chris requested that the teacher should be fluent in four languages: Ancient Greek, Latin, French and Spanish. They also need to be grade 8 standard in two instruments, passionate about sailing and tennis and probably an Oxbridge graduate.
In return, the couple is offering $98,000 per year for teaching just 2-4 hours per day in their London home. The job also includes free worldwide travel when they fly abroad with their kids and all expenses paid.
Is it asking too much from the kids at just 5 and 7 to be taught by a genius and learn Ancient Greek and Latin? Well, dad Chris Martin is not only front man of Coldplay, he also has a top university qualification in Greek and Latin himself, so expectations are high.
I think it’s great that Paltrow and Martin have the means to offer their children the best education possible and any parent who could would likely do the same. But it might be a little grandiose (not to mention impractical) to have the kids learn Greek and Latin while they’ve barely just mastered writing their own names. Having high standards is a good thing but shouldn’t little kids be allowed to be just kids when they’re that young?
Regardless, I’m sure the perks of the job and salary will attract quite a few candidates. And for anyone who is lucky enough to land the position, it sounds like a great gig, don’t you think?
What the ad might look like according to The Sun
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