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    Should the U.S. do more to educate kids on the autistic spectrum?

    In another thread I saw a very interesting article from 2011 about a young man with Asperger's syndrome

    12-Year-Old Genius Expands Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, Thinks He Can Prove It Wrong

    Could Einstein’s Theory of Relativity be a few mathematical equations away from being disproved? Jacob Barnett of Hamilton County, Ind., who is just weeks shy of his 13th birthday, thinks so. And, he’s got the solutions to prove it.

    Barnett, who has an IQ of 170, explained his expanded theory of relativity — in a YouTube video. His mother Kristine Barnett, who admittedly flunked math, did what every other mother would do if her genius son started talking mathematical gibberish. She told him to explain the whole thing slowly while she taped her son explaining his take on the theory.

    While most of his mathematical genius goes over our heads, some professors at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey — you know, the U.S. academic homeroom for the likes of Albert Einstein, J. Robert Oppenheimer, and Kurt Gödel — have confirmed he’s on the right track to coming up with something completely new. For now, they’re encouraging Barnett to continue doing what he likes to do, which is explaining calculus using a whiteboard marker and his living room windows as seen in the video above.

    “I’m impressed by his interest in physics and the amount that he has learned so far,” Institute for Advanced Study Professor Scott Tremaine wrote in an email to the family. “The theory that he’s working on involves several of the toughest problems in astrophysics and theoretical physics.”

    “Anyone who solves these will be in line for a Nobel Prize,” he added.

    Barnett’s parents knew that there was something different with their son when he didn’t speak until the age of two. He was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, a mild form of autism, so they thought he might have problems in school. Instead, they were astounded when he started solving 5,000 piece puzzles by the age of 3. The 12-year-old taught himself calculus, algebra and geometry in two weeks, and can solve up to 200 numbers of Pi. He left high school at the ripe old age of eight and has been attending college-level advanced astrophysics classes ever since.

    Right now, Barnett is being recruited by Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis for a paid research position. We figure he’ll find a way to pencil that in between dating his girlfriend and playing Halo: Reach, one of his favorite video games. Yes, he can play classical music by memory on the piano, but he also enjoys watching shows on the Disney Channel and sci-fi movies. In many ways, he’s your typical 12-year-old boy....
    Some of these children are truly amazing. The problem is that there is not enough funding provided to meet the educational needs of these children. The U.S. should do more to support the education of these children. They have a huge potential to have a big impact on the future of the world.

    12-Year-Old Genius Expands Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, Thinks He Can Prove It Wrong | TIME.com

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    Re: Should the U.S. do more to educate kids on the autistic spectrum?

    As a father of a Aspie I can tell you they are extremely misunderstood.
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    Re: Should the U.S. do more to educate kids on the autistic spectrum?

    I vote no because anything society does in the way of improving education worsens it for more people than it helps. As long as we have a system of mainstreaming those with special needs, then those special needs kids should not get special treatment. If we remove them from mainstream classrooms, then do whatever you want, but until then...
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    Re: Should the U.S. do more to educate kids on the autistic spectrum?

    I have fond memories of autistic kids from back in school. In middle school this 7th grade kid named nick, big, fat kid, would haughtily tell the Assistant Principle every day when walking in to the cafeteria "**** you bitc,h you evil devil woman I hope you burn in hell for all eternity". You could tell he meant it to with how he said it. All manner of pandemonium would break loose shortly after this and this occurred every single morning of every day.


    It was just great. Never have I had more respect for an individual to this day.
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    Re: Should the U.S. do more to educate kids on the autistic spectrum?

    IMO every special needs child should be able to get intensive and specific education no matter what their diagnosis. Who knows what potential would be 'unlocked?'

    Unfortunately, $$$ usually gets in the way.
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    Re: Should the U.S. do more to educate kids on the autistic spectrum?

    Quote Originally Posted by Lursa View Post
    IMO every special needs child should be able to get intensive and specific education no matter what their diagnosis. Who knows what potential would be 'unlocked?'

    Unfortunately, $$$ usually gets in the way.
    It is very unfortunate.

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    Re: Should the U.S. do more to educate kids on the autistic spectrum?

    Quote Originally Posted by azgreg View Post
    As a father of a Aspie I can tell you they are extremely misunderstood.
    Is is a shame. I hope that one day we will cultivate this talent

    Children with Asperger Syndrome can be highly talented, but society baffles them. Charlotte Smith reports
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    Seventy six per cent of Asperger individuals have special skills and talents, which may ocasionally amount to genius. Claims have been made that great men as diverse as Wittgenstein, Kafka, and Bartok had Asperger syndrome characteristics. Asperger himself stresses the impressive contribution that his patients could make to society even after a stormy childhood and adolescence. Certainly such talents challenge our assumption about what people "ought" to be or do; the boundary between acceptable, even admirable, eccentricity, and outright disability, is a hazy one.
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    Children with Asperger Syndrome can be highly talented, but society baf fles them. Charlotte Smith reports - Health News - Health & Families - The Independent

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    Re: Should the U.S. do more to educate kids on the autistic spectrum?

    I think that we should do what we can to give kids with special needs an equivalent education to everyone else. But most kids with autism or aspergers are not geniuses. The 'idiot savant' thing is pretty rare.
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    Re: Should the U.S. do more to educate kids on the autistic spectrum?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    Is is a shame. I hope that one day we will cultivate this talent
    He already has. After dropping out of school for 2 years after his freshman year he has gone back and is almost a straight A student and has almost caught back up to his class. once he learned how to control the anxiety attacks and learned how to get out ahead of the situations that used to make him uncomfortable he has done exceptionally well. I couldn't be prouder of him.
    I have CDO, it's like OCD but the letters are in alphabetical order like they should be.

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    Re: Should the U.S. do more to educate kids on the autistic spectrum?

    Quote Originally Posted by azgreg View Post
    He already has. After dropping out of school for 2 years after his freshman year he has gone back and is almost a straight A student and has almost caught back up to his class. once he learned how to control the anxiety attacks and learned how to get out ahead of the situations that used to make him uncomfortable he has done exceptionally well. I couldn't be prouder of him.
    That is so nice to hear!!!

    Check this out, every time I look at it I almost come to tears it makes me so happy!!!


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