School & Experts Put Genius Boy In Special Ed. Now He’s Free & On Track For Nobel Prize

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Jacob-BarnettA 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.[1]

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.


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  2. Ken

    Traditional education forces us to repeat what we are told without thinking critically about it.History is written by the victors and an alternative view is not considered. Is the constitution even taught in elementary school today? No. Why, is it forbidden knowledge? We must conform or be ostracized. Critical thinking is relegated to post secondary education, if then. Challenge the existing view of physics and just try to get published. Our education system has an agenda, it is not very favorable to new ideas.

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  4. Curious

    What is ASD? Usually when writing an article or paper, you do not initially use abbreviations.

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  6. Rich Mehrenberg

    Being “free” of special education suggests the young man was somehow imprisoned by such services. The article implores schools to move beyond a factory mentality, yet ironically this is, by definition, what special education is designed to do. This article also ignores social and emotional challenges that Jacob will face due to his ASD.

    • tucker

      it obviously does a deplorable job in achieving the goal that it is designed to

    • Rich, So your decision would be teach Jacob better study habits and how to use a screw driver, then he would be on a par with his fellow high school students…that’s a goal? Come on, the guy’s special, let him fly, free.

    • anon

      So instead of allowing this kid to explore revolutionary new ideas in math and physics, you say he should be back in school so he can learn to talk to other kids more nicely? What emotional challenges? Do you see the look on his face when asked questions about the astronomy and math? Public school is definitely a prison for the mind. Imagine what this kid, at age 14, would be doing in school. Learning algebra or pre-calc?

    • I think that was exactly their point, Rich

  7. Everybody should be given a chance to focus their studies at a early age. I just dont see any progress if specialization comes at a College level. Hell if I had the chance to program games since I was 13 I would not be struggling as much as I am now, instead my head was filled with a loads of useless material that I didnt even cared about.

  8. Patricia Smith

    I read the book his mother wrote about his life story…. “The Spark”
    great book. I can’t wait for them to make a movie out of it. Go Jacob. :)

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  10. Beyond wow.

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