Saturday, April 13, 2013

Jacob Barnett explains it all to us.

One of all the many problems with education today is its relentless focus on what kids can’t do, as opposed to what they do well. This is particularly profound when it comes to children with special needs.

If we need evidence of this, we need look no further than the story of Kristine Barnett and her son Jacob. At age two experts said Jacob would never be able to tie his shoes. Today at 14 he’s pursuing a PhD in physics.

Unfortunately, changing the system is not enough. It takes a mother deeply committed, not only to her son, but to turning the old paradigms on their head, and not caring whose proverbial apple cart she turns over. She tells her story and Jacob’s story in The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius

My conversation with Kristine Barnett:

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