The story below is not unfamiliar to me, In the 1970’s Australia if you were different or medically challenged the public school system threw you away. If you misbehaved you must be just bad so again you were thrown away until a hero of a man called mike belnap intervened and formed the “huts” formerly called the alternative mode learning module at morialta high adelaide. He saved all of us all destined to be thrown away by the system. God bless the good teachers everyone of them, and the same goes for parents who never give in who never give up every child deserves to be believed.
A young genius whose IQ is said said to be higher than Albert Einstein, is on his way to possibly winning a Nobel Prize after dropping out of elementary school and his special ed programs. From a young age, Jacob Barnett was very interested in Math and Physics. Numbers were his passion and he was getting bored of early grades of elementary school as they did not come close to challenging him. Finally, his parents made the decision to take him out of public school and special ed programs regardless of the fact doctors had diagnosed him with ASD.
“For a parent, it’s terrifying to fly against the advice of the professionals. But I knew in my heart that if Jake stayed in special ed, he would slip away.” Jacob’s mother.
Jacob’s incredible memory and mind allowed him to attend university classes after he taught himself all of high school math in just two weeks.He is currently on track to graduate from college by the age of 14 and it is believed his research into math and physics may begin to challenge some of the established theories in physics. This is an exciting prospect given many have touched on knowledge and devices that currently defy mainstream physics. The implications of such discoveries are endless.
Jacob Barnett is currently studying at Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo, ON where he and his family now live.
This is just another example of how society can often leave kids behind who don’t fit the ‘mould’ of ‘every other child.’ Kids who are given labels because they don’t fit into the system are actually incredible beings, like everyone else, with the capability to participate entirely in advancing society in many ways. Key point being, you allow them to do what they want to do and are passionate about, and suddenly their “issues” are gone or dissipate drastically. One more reason why educating people in batches and teaching them near useless information is not going to cut it for much longer