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Contrary to how it sounded in a recent WSJ article, Jane is not dropping out of school.  She is finishing her senior credits at home this year.  I'm annoyed to even have to address this, however, the article did make it sound like she dropped out of school.  

Update–There has been a lot out there lately about Jane, and not all of it nice.  I try to ignore most of the bad stuff, but I'm glad I addressed this.  After reading your comments, it's clear that anybody that read that article in the WSJ would come away thinking that Jane had dropped out of high school.  I'm glad I went on the defense–Education is more important than blogging.  

Thanks for all of the comments on my Rachel Z post–great discussion for a rainy weekend–at least here in Dallas;

  • WJ
    September 13, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    Sorry to hear of this dilemma, I haven’t read the article but I can imagine how annoying it would appear to you. There is always a lot of pressure beset upon parents by the media, I’m glad you are taking your stance on this. Keep up the good work Judy!

  • Nubby
    September 13, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    I read that article and got the same impression which is unfair. As her mom, I think it’s great that you’re addressing this because she deserves credit for finishing even with all the great opportunities that are popping up along the way.

  • klee
    September 13, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    its great that she is finishing

  • tricia of bitsandbobbins.com
    September 13, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    reassuring to hear…it was rather disappointing to think she’d be abandoning her studies for these opportunities, education is not something to be taken lightly.

  • Whiskas
    September 13, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    I am glad to hear that! I read the article and I read it that Jane was dropping out. I was super-bummed. She seems like a smart girl and you seem like the kind of mama that would not let that fly.

  • NYCMama
    September 13, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I love Jane’s blog, and yours, and when I read the WSJ article, I was moved to write you and say “please ask Jane to finish.” I did not seem like her to me, to not finish, so I was very surprised.

  • little fish
    September 13, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    so it’s again showed that we cannot just believe in what ever the media said, some are not true and misleading!
    I am sorry that the WSJ has simply published something which has not confirmed from you.

  • Barchbo
    September 13, 2009 at 7:17 pm

    While I understand that you are annoyed to address Jane’s education, I am so glad you did! As a teacher, I see so many parents who don’t take their children’s education seriously. The fact that you think it’s important to clarify the issue and underscore how much you value Jane’s education is awesome. Thanks for being a parent who is obviously a guiding light to her kids.

  • Simone
    September 13, 2009 at 7:55 pm

    I would like to address your comments on Rachel Zoe made in the previous post, I would have made my response earlier if I had checked. Rachel Zoe’s phrases, “I die” are not in any ways subliminal for her awaited death, I think you’re reading into this far too much and it is only a way of her expressing herself. And as far as her assistants go, I find it wrong of you to judge them bast on the way they were edited to appear. To call him annoying or someone who tries to hard to be funny based on only 45 minutes of film (of which it was probably only a 1 minute scene) hardly seems accurate. Imagine if someone filmed you over a period of time and only edited the moments around you shopping and taking photos. I’m sure you would find yourself portrayed as a vain, obsessed with shopping, and have nothing better to do than blog. Which, I know you’re not but I am just making a point. And again, Taylor is probably an extremely useful employee and the only moments you see her on the damn show is when she is complaining. Obviously, the girl is not constantly ranting. Again, I feel like you are perceiving things in a narrow minded way. I can’t decide whether making an entire blog update about this subject is you being jealous, because she seems to have a job which you would “die” for, or if it is just your way of being contrary because everyone seems to be in love with the show.
    And as far as the WSJ article, it is similar with the way film is edited to only show a certain aspect of a person. You can give an entire quote to someone but they will only print the part that says “dropping out”. Essentially, you just received a little taste of what Brad, Taylor, or Roger feels on a weekly basis.

  • judy aldridge
    September 13, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    Simone–I think you read too much into my Rachel post. I love her show. It’s one of lifes guilty pleasures. She puts herself out there in a very public way, and being criticized comes with the territory. Jane and I use blogs to put ourselves out there in a public way too, and we can certainly use the same forum to set the record straight…cheers!

  • judy aldridge
    September 13, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks for all the comments of support. It really means a lot. Sometimes I feel like Jane is under attack all the time. She doesn’t let it get to her, but I’m afraid I let it get under my skin a little. I need to get thicker skin…fast.
    Nubby–so good to hear from you. I lost my daily blog reads when I lost my computer, so I’ve got you back on.

  • alexandra keller
    September 13, 2009 at 8:52 pm

    I wish you and Jane all the best – life in a fishbowl isn’t easy. Just look good doing it, right? 🙂

  • Leia
    September 13, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    I haven’t read the article, but I understand how frustrating incorrect information can be!

  • Nancy (nanflan)
    September 13, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    I read the article and thought it was strange how they described Jane’s senior year. Yet, I still had the impression that it was a home school situation vs. dropping out. An unfortunate lapse on the WSJ’s part.

  • Jules
    September 13, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    It’s great that she is no finishing. =D Congrats in advance. Looking forward on your next post. =D
    A Writers Den
    Brown Mestizo

  • kukie
    September 13, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    sometimes newspapers/ magazines either do it for sales or they just completely forgot to double, triple check their sources and transcription if it was an interview. i see a lot of teens even working folks love jane and her blog.
    and she seems to be talking about her school in her blog also.so it was obvious that it was not true.

  • Federica
    September 14, 2009 at 12:17 am

    I think you and Jane are very nice and intelligent girls and this is what really matters!love from italy

  • Nikki
    September 14, 2009 at 12:49 am

    I think that as Jane has gotten more of a name for herself and subsequent opportunities come along for her, those who are jealous are going to criticize.
    I’m 32 – Jane is young and bright and doing what most adults don’t even have the confidence to do. People outside of the fashion/marketing business don’t understand that many photoshoots, freebies, and other items come along as part of the territory. And hey – so what if you can by awesome shoes every month? Like if those people could, they wouldn’t be doing the same thing??
    Jane is only headed for greatness and I look forward to seeing where this takes her in 10 years. And it seems that you are doing a great job at giving her a solid foundation.

  • Stella Mayfair
    September 14, 2009 at 1:50 am

    Judy, please check out Liberty London Girl’s coverage of the situation: http://libertylondongirl.blogspot.com/2009/09/surely-newspapers-know-what-they-are.html
    This is very true, and one must wonder what these journalists were thinking.

  • Lovisa
    September 14, 2009 at 2:50 am

    That’s just bad journalism on the most basic level!

  • Sabina
    September 14, 2009 at 3:34 am

    It’s just the way it goes when people are jealous of someone’s succes. Don’t let it get to you or your family. Jane is a very special girl, with a very special taste. And as we know fame doesn’t come without sacrifice of privacy or people’s judgement.

  • Brooke
    September 14, 2009 at 3:49 am

    Jane seems mature and smart beyond her years. I left her a similar comment, but I’ll leave it here too 😉 My fiance is in a job where he is in the media quite a bit. Even more so a couple of years ago, in college. It’s amazing how they leave out important details, or switch around what you said. I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it, you just ignore it. At least, now, it’s winding down. Sometimes, though, I google search his name, and it all comes rushing back. Ugh.

  • beam
    September 14, 2009 at 4:16 am

    Haven´t read the article, but it must be very annoying for you reading it.
    I live in DK and have been following Jane via tFS and read her blog.
    I must say that the both of you are an amazing “couple”. If I turned out to look like you when I´m a bit older (I´m in my 30´s), I´d be very glad.
    You both have an excellent style – and your blogs are very inspiring.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  • mr. freddy's mom
    September 14, 2009 at 4:36 am

    Hi Judy.
    I’ve read that article too but I don’t believe that Jane dropped out. I thought about that too that you being as a mother, you wouldn’t let Jane to quit from school. You’re not a crazy mom that you will allow Jane to dropped out from her studies and choose blogging. Yes, education is very important. I believe Education is the only wealth that no one could steal from us. I, as a mom I know how you feel when you heard bad news about Jane. Of course, we wouldn’t let anybody to hurt our child/children. We’re always there to protect and defend them. About the bad stuff/comments, let’s just think that Jane is one of the famous celebrities which we can’t avoid that some people they tend to hate and tell bad things about her. It’s not 100% that people would love her and we can’t force those haters to love her. I don’t understand why there are people who want to pull somebody down once they are on the verge of success already. Remember, they are only jealous of Jane. Don’t you worry Judy I’ll always be here for you guys. You inspire me so much! I adore you and Jane so much.Don’t stoop down your level to those haters. God bless you and your family.

  • thischicksgotstyle
    September 14, 2009 at 4:39 am

    A really weird twist to the article. Must be very strange to read untrue information about your daughter. I don´t feel like you or jane would even consider dropping out.
    Good you adressed it!

  • Dru
    September 14, 2009 at 5:25 am

    Came here from LLG’s, and I completely agree with what she had to say- I got the impression Jane was going to home school too, but for publications like these to do such hack jobs isn’t good.
    Also, one can’t blame you for being protective of your daughter- irrepective of just how much she’s achieved or all the fabulous shoes in the world, she’s seventeen years old and you’re her mum- OF COURSE it gets to you when strangers say nasty things about her!

  • Sara
    September 14, 2009 at 6:28 am

    It’s totally understandable that you’d be hurt when you read some of the nastiness directed at your daughter – it’s terrible how people can be so cruel. Jane is incredibly talented and you both are an inspiration.

  • Lisa
    September 14, 2009 at 6:51 am

    Judy, I walked away with the same impression, so I feel you have a right to clear the air.
    We homeschooled my now-20yr old daughter (she’s a competitive equestrian) and used to get a lot of comments and such about how we were limiting her social abilities, etc. Turns out she was able to graduate HS at 16, and is now spending her senior year of college studying abroad. She was also a national champion during that time – so yeah, it paid off, despite the naysayers!
    WSJ should publish the correction and set the record straight, IMHO.
    All the best to you,

  • Red Lipstick Style
    September 14, 2009 at 6:58 am

    What a shame that WSJ would misrepresent something like this. You are right to address it so promtly.
    ps. i did not believe it, after ‘getting to know” Jane via her blogs, she is far too level-headed to do such a thing 🙂

  • Your new best friend
    September 14, 2009 at 7:49 am

    WSJ = complete shit
    my old man doesn’t even trust that bologna

  • Pearl Westwood
    September 14, 2009 at 10:26 am

    Hi Judy, Sorry to hear about this upset, I know it must be hard having to listen to some of the negative things that are said about Jane. Just remember though, that for every bad thing there are at least 100 good.
    All the best to you both x Pearl

  • anne
    September 14, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    hey, judy, you and jane (and carol) are all doing well and I enjoy your blogs so much. don’t let the misinformation and a few negative opinions get you down. you are both giving pleasure to many with your work!

  • linnea
    September 14, 2009 at 3:49 pm

    oh dear, I’m sorry that was published. I was homeschooled for a period of time, and I’m doing wondefully.
    You both look fabulous; keep your chin up!

  • Martha Ann
    September 14, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    I agree with the post above – just more bad or sensational journalism. As a mom I know you were probably irate when you read it. But just always fall back on what’s important ; that Jane is brilliant and has a great head on her shoulders, like you. And I actually agreed 100% on the Rachel post – you were just making a personal observation and sharing it in an inviting, funny way. Enjoy the rain, just throw on a sick trench and seize the day!

  • Annie Spandex
    September 14, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    Just remember that for every attacker there are about 500 admirers (at least!) who wish Jane and you all the best. 🙂

  • happyasheck
    September 14, 2009 at 7:36 pm

    It’s great that in this case, your values seem to resonate with many people. I hope that’s always, mostly the case. However, I feel that what Jane does with her life is her own business and to a certain extent her familys’ business. Jane is a child pursuing her own life path that will be filled with many choices that she deserves to make without worrying about what America thinks.
    Jane is not required to be a role-model simply because we admire her.

  • StyleAntagonist
    September 14, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Hi Judy,
    i totally understand your feelings as a mother. However, don’t take it too seriously. These are the parts & partial of life in the press & media and one must be able to handle it well. There bound to be critics, compliments, praises & etc. Fame is something not all people can handle well. Take an example of a Hollywood star / sportsman / celebrities & etc. and see what happened to most of them. Most of all, be steadfast & do not forget who you are when you’re famous. Most people drifted away with their fame and attentions that they are getting. At the same time, the public is not stupid either, you reap what you sow, so be cautious with what you do. You wouldn’t want to project a pseudo-character overall. i trust you will guide Jane well, in this matter. All the best! Cheers~

  • V.
    September 15, 2009 at 6:44 am

    Beautiful blog, and beautiful photographs

  • candice chu
    September 15, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    yes school is important. good job on going on the defense.
    btw, those over the knee boots are KILLER.
    they look so awesme on jane.

  • Larae
    September 15, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Judy, I just watched Zoe from Monday night and it’s totes a coincidence that she was talking about being in the media and how it ruffles her feathers like you and Jane this week. I guess when you are in the spotlight there will always be haters and lovers…
    I was shocked to hear how the WSJ could take a 17 year olds words and flip them so crazy! I mean to say a kid drops out of school without merit is horrid. I don’t know if you contacted them directly but I would have and also made them give a correction in the next issue…
    Oh and I think when RZ says I die and I died or put me in a coffin it’s kinda like when we say OH MY GOD! Of course she says that all the time too but in real life I have taken on some of her sayings since the show started and it’s just silly drama talk…
    xoxo, best wishes,

  • Jill
    September 16, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Jane is a beautiful girl with a highly cultivated sense of style…I’ve been impressed from the very beginning. She should grab every opportunity that comes her way. It’s well deserved.

  • Haley
    September 16, 2009 at 4:11 pm

    FYI! she did leave school if she doesnt go to school she isnt in school. they never said she dropped out and im not either. home school isnt the same as attending public school no offense but its any easy way out.

  • Graham
    September 16, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Hard work, creativity and excellence always attract criticism. For 95% of high school seniors, life revolves around petty gossip, competition for boyfriends/girlfriends and talk about the latest episode of “Lost.” Your daughter exhibits a drive, individualism and intelligence much beyond her years. Her peers (peers in age only) see the attention Jane has received and the opportunities she has created for herself, and their response is jealousy– manifested in criticism and hatred. Because of its anonymity and reach, the internet has engendered an environment where any person has the power to reach out and hurt someone else. I know it is an easy thing to say it is just jealousy and pettiness and an entirely other thing to be on the receiving end of it. However, Jane has unusual gifts–so rare in fact, she can probably build a brand around these gifts (I mean brand in the sense that her persona and ideas will have independent value). On her journey, she will encounter naysayers and pessimist who try to soothe their own disappointment in life by attacking Jane’s dream. Behind each comment is a person who did not have the ethic, vision, faith or perseverance to find their path. What Jane (and I am sure you to some extent) are going through is a crucible that will make her even stronger and more self-assured in the end. Congratulations on transmitting your values to your daughter, and I expect that you are amazed to see those values flourish in an entirely unexpected and fresh way.

  • Zoe
    September 17, 2009 at 4:19 am

    I haven’t read the article, but on other blogs I have seen the negative comments and attitudes towards jane and yourself that you mention. When I first stumbled onto sea of shoes I thought wow! someone who is having fun with clothes, doesn’t subscribe to the stereotypical views of what is “hot” and who takes inspiration from a huge array of sources. I may not always love jane’s outfits but they are creative and always inspiring in some way. Ignore the jealously. In my view, it is people projecting their own issues and predjudices against people of a certain class/social status and really quite pathetic. When an online writer gets “hits” from picking on a teenage girl it’s clear they are not worth listening to.

  • summer
    September 19, 2009 at 10:03 am

    You are such an inspiring mother! You support, encourage, and celebrate your childrens’ creativity and individualism. I think its’ wonderful that Jane is gaining such well-earned notoriety. And I think its’ wonderful that you are smart enough to let her explore all of these exciting opportunities at her age.

  • StyleAntagonist
    September 23, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Hi everyone,
    A fruitful discussions on various points made. i do agree that we should have our own stand on what we feel, a little bit of a compliment or complaint is good sometimes. Most importantly no harsh feelings towards each other.

  • Tina
    September 26, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I read that WSJ article and it was quite misleading about Jane quitting school. How annoying for you as a parent! Jane is fortunate to have you by her side on this great adventure. I love what you guys are doing. Keep it up!