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Schools put genius child in special ed, tell mom he can’t learn. Now he’s free, and he could win a Nobel Prize
They said he would never learn, now he’ll teach them a thing or two…
A genius boy whose IQ is higher than Albert Einstein is on his way to possibly winning a Nobel Prize after being set free of special education programs in public schools. His mother made the decision to take him out of the programs, even after having doctors diagnose him with Aspergers and say that her son Jacob Barnett would never even learn to tie his shoes.
She describes in her book “The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius” that she was afraid of trying to pull him out of school. “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 was not thriving in special ed classes. He kept turning deeper into himself and was uncommunicative with other people. His doctors prescribed medical treatment for the boy. When he wasn’t in therapy though, his mother noticed him doing amazing things. “He would create maps all over our floor using Q-tips. They would be maps of places we’ve visited and he would memorize every street.”
Jake dropped out of elementary school in the 5th grade. His incredible memory allowed him to attend university classes after he learned all of high school math in two weeks. Now he’s on track to graduate from college at age 14 and working on theories to build on Einstein’s theory of relativity.
60 minutes did a special on Jacob here.
Jacob (Jake) Barnett “Math and Science Prodigy” on 60 Minutes
Uploaded on Jan 18, 2012
Morley Safer asks the talented teen if he wants to be an astronaut, he quickly defers to his brother, saying he’d rather run things from the ground. Safer’s profile of the young math and science prodigy will be broadcast on “60 Minutes” Sunday, Jan. 15 at 7 p.m. ET/PT
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Forget what you know: Jacob Barnett at TEDxTeen
Published on Apr 9, 2012
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Jacob Barnett is an American mathematician and child prodigy. At 8 years old, Jacob began sneaking into the back of college lectures at IUPUI. After being diagnosed with autism since the age of two and placed in his school’s special ed. program, Jacob’s teachers and doctors were astonished to learn he was able to teach calculus to college students.
At age nine, while playing with shapes, Jacob built a series of mathematical models that expanded Einstein’s field of relativity. A professor at Princeton reviewed his work and confirmed that it was groundbreaking and could someday result in a Nobel Prize. At age 10, Jacob was formally accepted to the University as a full-time college student and went straight into a paid research position in the field of condensed matter physics.
For his original work in this field, Jacob set a record, becoming the world’s youngest astrophysics researcher. His paper was subsequently accepted for publication by Physical Review A, a scientific journal shared on sites such as NASA, the Smithsonian, and Harvard’s webpage. Jacob’s work aims to help improve the way light travels in technology.
Jacob is also CEO and founder of Wheel LLC, a business he started in his mom’s garage, and is in the process of writing a book to help end “math phobia” in his generation.
Jacob’s favorite pastime is playing basketball with the kids at his charity, Jacob’s Place. It is a place where kids with autism are inspired every day to be their true authentic selves…just like Jacob.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
Autistic Girl Expresses Unimaginable Intelligence
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This amazing girl proves autism is not what most doctors and everyone else think it is. For educational purposes only, I do not own this content.
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WATCH: Special Needs Children Choked, Tackled, Electrocuted & Killed In Schools (GRAPHIC, VIDEO)
Schools Claim Wide Leeway for Restraining Special Needs Kids
ABC News filed a special report that featured the stories of special needs children who are brutally restrained in their school environments. Schools believe they need a range of tactics and leeway to deal with autistic children who “act out”.
Some of the tactics include receiving electric shocks and choke-holds, as well as securing students in restraint rooms. Kids have died from some of these incidents. A surveillance tape from the interview below shows five teachers tackling and restraining a child in what they called a “therapeutic hold”, which killed him. Doctors blamed the death on “cardiac arrest while being subdued”.
This report was filed at the end of last year, but in light of news about schools that are running “Code Red” drills to terrify children with gunmen, this news is especially relevant.
Death at School: Parents Protest Dangerous Discipline
Published on Nov 30, 2012
Special Report: ABC World News Nightline Investigates By BRIAN ROSS (@brianross) , ANGELA M. HILL and MATTHEW MOSK (@mattmosk) Nov. 29, 2012
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