Schools put genius child in special ed, tell mom he can’t learn. Now he’s free, and he could win a Nobel Prize

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.

 

Meet Jacob Barnett


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  • SAM ADAMS
    October 24, 2013, 6:46 am

    The liberals had this kid labeled and setup for a life of government dependency! This is why it’s so important to rid the planet of the entire liberal mindset!

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  • 豐 Piotrek Nowacki 豐
    October 25, 2013, 3:40 pm

    It’s great that he can now learn in his own way but the whole nobel prize at this stage is a bit over the top imo.

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  • kendra
    October 25, 2013, 4:27 pm

    He was diagnosed with ASPERGER’S not ADD. Fyi, might want to change that. He is brilliant though.

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  • 7BillionTo1
    October 25, 2013, 5:44 pm

    “Stop learning, start thinking,” a novel idea, if there were any people left that could think.

    I’m more interested in reading his book. I want to see if he discusses arithmophobia vs. just plain laziness.

    Some cannot learn math due to a legitimate, however irrational, fear of numbers, yet others will not learn due to their shear lack of effort.

    Brilliant child. I hope the fame doesn’t go to his head, for a bulb that burns too brightly soon burns out.

    ~A Romantic Cynic~
    “It’s foolish to wish upon a star,
    for it’s most likely dead.
    It’s best to invest in who you are,
    and your own abilities instead.”

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  • ajay@豐 Piotrek Nowacki 豐
    October 25, 2013, 6:34 pm

    Well, I guess Obama can give the kid his.. He definitely doesn’t deserve it.

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