Autistic Boy With Higher IQ Than Einstein Discovers His Gift after being removed from state-run therapy
(LAJME 24) In yet another example of how an out of control Goliath state system can cause more harm than good, a teenage boy who was diagnosed with autism at a young age has risen to stellar heights after quitting the special ed system with the help of his concerned mother. State therapy specialists claimed Jacob Barnett would never tie his shoes, read or function normally in society. But the boy’s mother realized when Jacob was not in therapy, he was doing “spectacular things” completely on his own. She decided to trust her instinct and disregard the advice of the professionals. Instead of following a standardized special needs educational protocol, she surrounded Jacob with all the things that inspired passion for him – and was astonished at the transformation that took place.
Don’t fix what’s not broken following a diagnosis of autism at age two, Jacob was subjected to a cookie cutter special education system that focused on correcting what he couldn’t do compared to normal children. For years, teachers attempted to convince Kristine Barnett that her son would only be able to learn the most basic of life skills. When exposed to the state system of educational therapy, Kristine noticed Jacob would withdraw deeply and refuse to speak with anyone. Even though she found it “terrifying to fly against the advise of the professionals,” she knew in her heart “that if Jake stayed in special ed, he would slip away,” Kristine relates in her memoir, The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius. So began a journey for Jacob that would lead to such unexpected achievement that the whole premise of standardized therapy for this ‘special needs’ child would be blown to bits.
A path of passion and discovery after years of frustration and little progress, Kristine made a radical decision in the eyes of the special ed system — she took Jacob out of school and prepared him for kindergarten herself. As described in the New York Daily Times:
She let him explore the things he wanted to explore. He studied patterns and shadows and stars. At the same time, she made sure that he enjoyed “normal” childhood pleasures – softball, picnics – along with other kids his age. “I operate under a concept called ‘muchness’,” Kristine said. “Which is surrounding children with the things they love – be it music, or art, whatever they’re drawn to and love.”
By the time Jacob reached the age of 11, he entered college and is currently studying condensed matter physics at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. According to an email Professor Scott Tremaine wrote to Jacob’s 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.”
Jacob also has an IQ of 170 – higher than that of Einstein. He is history’s youngest astrophysics researcher, has spoken at a New York TED conference and appeared on a variety of news interviews, including 60 Minutes and the Time magazine website. Not bad for someone who was classified by state experts as so severely disabled that he would never tie his own shoes or learn to read. If Jacob had stayed within the system, the prediction may very well have come true.
(LudwingMedia) Ms. Jane Elliott’s “brown eyes, blue eyes” experiment in 1970 (the third one after her first in 1968). This “Eye of Storm” documentary was made by William Peters in 1970 for ABC News and later included in the documentary “A Class Divided” (1985), which included a class reunion (of 1984.) The most telling moment is when Russell used “brown eyes” as a derogatory term to call John name, only a couple of hours through. Though, the experiment was too short to allow it to get to the point when a “brown-eyes” person does so to another fellow “brown-eyes” person.
(DAILY MAIL) A behavioral specialist for Hartford County Schools has been accused of having sex with the family dog.
Stephanie Mikles, 45, from Maryland, was charged with unnatural or perverted sexual practice after photographs and video of her allegedly engaging in the sexual acts with her pet over a month-long period were discovered.
She was hired with the school in 2009 and works primarily with special needs student.
She is now on administrative leave pending the outcome of the case.
The child advocacy center of Hartford County began investigating Mikles last year on a separate matter. It was when they searched her home that they discovered the pictures and video.
The incident is said to have taken place from August 1 to August 31, 2008.
In Maryland there is no statute of limitations for bestiality charges so authorities were able to press charges as soon as they discovered the evidence.
(GUNS.COM) It’s looks as if the firearm buyback craze has turned a new page – targeting toy guns.
Apparently Strobridge Elementary School in Hayward, CA will host a toy gun buyback event. Kids who turn in their plastic pistols, Nerf shooters and rubberband rifles will be entered to win a bicycle. So, actually it’s more like a raffle, but who’s splitting hairs?
Charles Hill, the school’s principal, explained, “Playing with toys guns, saying ‘I’m going to shoot you,’ desensitizes them, so as they get older, it’s easier for them to use a real gun.”
Dubbed – Strobridge Elementary Safety Day, the event will feature a Hayward police officer talking about gun and bike safety. But the pro-gun group, Responsible Citizens of California aren’t sold on the event’s rationale. A spokesperson for the group, Yih-Chau Chang says,
“Having a group of children playing cops and robbers or cowboys and Indians is a normal part of growing up. While the intentions are obviously good on the part of the school administration, this doesn’t really educate children about guns or gun safety. Guns are used in crimes, but they are more often used in defensive ways which prevent violent crime from occurring in the first place.”
Ultimately, Hill said getting toys guns out of the hands of babes would also prevent potential accidents.
“Some of the guns I’ve confiscated, if they’re stuck down in a waistband, the average person would think it’s a real gun. I could easily see one of our sixth-graders wanting to fake out someone at a 7-Eleven by walking in there. They would think it’s funny, but it could turn into tragedy.”
(JOE NEWBY) Christopher Swindell, a journalism professor at Marshall University in West Virginia, falsely claimed in an op-ed at the Charleston Gazette that the NRA ”advocates armed rebellion against the duly elected government of the United States of America” and deserves to be executed by a firing squad.
“That’s treason, and it’s worthy of the firing squad,” Swindell wrote.
Bryan Preston of PJ Media took Swindell to task for his comments, saying the professor’s initial statement is “a lie.”
“The NRA advocates fidelity to the U.S. Constitution,” Preston said.
Preston also excoriated Swindell for his desire to see NRA members shot.
“If he was a professor of history, he might know that even Benedict Arnold didn’t get the firing squad,” Preston wrote.
Swindell took a swipe at Sarah Palin, calling her a “half-wit half-term quitter,” and slammed the NRA for “choosing a white, rich old man” as president.
Swindell accused the NRA of treason twice in his article before invoking the race card.
“And many invite it gladly as if the African-American president we voted for is somehow infringing on their Constitutional rights,” he wrote.
After playing the race card, Swindell mentioned treason a third time, then suggested that military force be used against the NRA, while saying he would be willing to join the military to go after NRA members.
Ironically, Swindell — who once falsely claimed that the Tea Party hates America because it disagrees with Obama — promised to “stop with the accusations and the name-calling” in 2011. But now, Preston wrote, he’s “pushing for civil war to murder millions of law-abiding Americans who don’t happen to wear his political stripe.”
Swindell is not the first to advocate killing members of the NRA.
In addition to rank-and-file liberals on social media sites like Twitter, Swindell joins Democratic Party leaders like John Cobarruvias, Hollywood celebrities and liberal opinion writers in publicly expressing a desire to see fellow Americans murdered because they support the right to keep and bear arms.
(FOXNEWS) A Native American student did not receive her high school diploma and faces a $1,000 fine because she wore a feather during her graduation.
WPMI reports 17-year-old Chelsey Ramer decided to wear the eagle feather during her May 23 graduation at an Alabama high school to honor her heritage. Ramer is a member of the Poarch Creek Band of Indians.
Although the school prohibits graduates from wearing “extraneous items” during the ceremony, Ramer says she asked the headmaster if she could wear the feather anyway. She was denied, and was told she had to sign a dress code contract to walk at graduation.
Ramer did not sign it, and wore the feather in her graduation ceremony anyway. She was denied her diploma, and now must pay a $1,000 fine to the school to receive it and her transcripts, WPMI reports.
Ramer says she feels it was worth it to wear the feather, but is angry over the school’s actions.
“I don’t think it’s fair at all. I feel like its discrimination,” Ramer told WPMI.
13Yr Old Boy Punished By School For Saving Fellow Student From Knife Attack (Canada,The Right To Be A Victim)
(MR CENSOR ME) Briar MacLean, 13, stepped in after he spotted an argument was quickly beginning to escalate between two boys when suddenly one of the boys pulled out a knife and began to threaten the other turning an scuffle into a potentially deadly situation. The heroic teenager charged and tackled the knife-brandishing youngster into a wall sending both attacker and knife falling to the floor. But in Canada you have the right to be a victim.
(Moritz Nestor) Fortunately, the Swiss National Advisory Commission on Biomedical Ethics (NEK, President: Otfried Höffe) critically commented on the use of the ADHD drug Ritalin in its opinion of 22 November 2011 titled Human enhancement by means of pharmacological agents: The consumption of pharmacological agents altered the child’s behavior without any contribution on his or her part.
That amounted to interference in the child’s freedom and personal rights, because pharmacological agents induced behavioral changes but failed to educate the child on how to achieve these behavioral changes independently. The child was thus deprived of an essential learning experience to act autonomously and emphatically which “considerably curtails children’s freedom and impairs their personality development”, the NEK criticized.
The alarmed critics of the Ritalin disaster are now getting support from an entirely different side. The German weekly Der Spiegel quoted in its cover story on 2 February 2012 the US American psychiatrist Leon Eisenberg, born in 1922 as the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, who was the “scientific father of ADHD” and who said at the age of 87, seven months before his death in his last interview: “ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease”
Since 1968, however, some 40 years, Leon Eisenberg’s “disease” haunted the diagnostic and statistical manuals, first as “hyperkinetic reaction of childhood”, now called “ADHD”. The use of ADHD medications in Germany rose in only eighteen years from 34 kg (in 1993) to a record of no less than 1760 kg (in 2011) – which is a 51-fold increase in sales! In the United States every tenth boy among ten year-olds already swallows an ADHD medication on a daily basis. With an increasing tendency.
When it comes to the proven repertoire of Edward Bernays, the father of propaganda, to sell the First World War to his people with the help of his uncle’s psychoanalysis and to distort science and the faith in science to increase profits of the industry – what about investigating on whose behalf the “scientific father of ADHD” conducted science? His career was remarkably steep, and his “fictitious disease” led to the best sales increases. And after all, he served in the “Committee for DSM V and ICD XII, American Psychiatric Association” from 2006 to 2009. After all, Leon Eisenberg received “the Ruane Prize for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Research. He has been a leader in child psychiatry for more than 40 years through his work in pharmacological trials, research, teaching, and social policy and for his theories of autism and social medicine”.
And after all, Eisenberg was a member of the “Organizing Committee for Women and Medicine Conference, Bahamas, November 29 – December 3, 2006, Josiah Macy Foundation (2006)”. The Josiah Macy Foundation organized conferences with intelligence agents of the OSS, later CIA, such as Gregory Bateson and Heinz von Foerster during and long after World War II. Have such groups marketed the diagnosis of ADHD in the service of the pharmaceutical market and tailor-made for him with a lot of propaganda and public relations? It is this issue that the American psychologist Lisa Cosgrove and others investigated in their study Financial Ties between DSM-IV Panel Members and the Pharmaceutical Industry7. They found that “Of the 170 DSM panel members 95 (56%) had one or more financial associations with companies in the pharmaceutical industry. One hundred percent of the members of the panels on ‘Mood Disorders’ and ‘Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders’ had financial ties to drug companies. The connections are especially strong in those diagnostic areas where drugs are the first line of treatment for mental disorders.” In the next edition of the manual, the situation is unchanged. “Of the 137 DSM-V panel members who have posted disclosure statements, 56% have reported industry ties – no improvement over the percent of DSM-IV members.” “The very vocabulary of psychiatry is now defined at all levels by the pharmaceutical industry,” said Dr Irwin Savodnik, an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of California at Los Angeles.
This is well paid. Just one example: The Assistant Director of the Pediatric Psychopharmacology Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School received “$1 million in earnings from drug companies between 2000 and 2007”. In any case, no one can easily get around the testimony of the father of ADHD: “ADHD is a prime example of a fictitious disease.”
The task of psychologists, educators and doctors is not to put children on the “chemical lead” because the entire society cannot handle the products of its misguided theories of man and raising children, and instead hands over our children to the free pharmaceutical market. Let us return to the basic matter of personal psychology and education: The child is to acquire personal responsibility and emphatic behavior under expert guidance – and that takes the family and the school: In these fields, the child should be able to lead off mentally. This constitutes the core of the human person.
(NaturalNews) Individual liberty is being burned at the stake, as governments set fire to people natural rights. This time it has everything to do with homeschooling.
It all started in Germany. Uwe and Hannelore Romeike were raising their five children in the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg, when they decided to remove their children from the public education system. In 2006, the Romeike’s illegally withdrew their children from the German public schools system and began homeschooling. Believing that the public education system was undermining their Christian faith, the Romeike’s began breaking the law and teaching their kids at home. By exercising their natural rights, the Romeikes were fined over $10,000 by the German government and at one point their children were forcefully removed from their home. In 2010, after getting their children back, they chose to flee Germany and move to the United States.
Finding freedom in the US, only to be challenged again, this time by the US
Upon arrival in Tennessee, the Romeikes were granted asylum. A federal judge rebuked the German policy and ruled that the Romeike’s had a reasonable fear of persecution for their personal beliefs if they returned to Germany.
Nothing much was said about the issue until the Obama’s Administration’s Department of Justice got involved.
Attorney General, Eric Holder came out and opposed the federal court ruling, siding with the German government. He pleaded that the Romeike’s be denied their asylum. Holder believes that governments may legitimately use force and authority to make parents comply with government-sanctioned schools.
With statements like these, the United States, once a beacon for liberty, is now endorsing force and mandates in regard to education. The right to homeschool and teach one’s own children is a fundamental human right is now at stake. It doesn’t matter what beliefs each family has. It’s liberty that matters. According to Holder, that liberty should be supervised by the federal government.
Government supervised education
The German policy that’s currently in place says that the upbringing of a child is a parent’s natural right but the government’s duty is to watch over them in the performance of this duty. The law also states that: “The entire school system shall be under the supervision of the state.”
The policy in the United States is currently one of freedom. The Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution secures homeschooling as a fundamental liberty. The Constitution enables each individual state to regulate homeschooling in its own way. Is this idea under attack?
Very much so. The Attorney General currently seeks to deport the Romeike’s. Their right to home school their children their own way doesn’t matter to the Department of Justice. The government is more concerned with compliance: Everyone giving away their liberty and free will, and absorbing the education laid out by federal law.
From the failed No Child Left Behind Act to the new federally implemented Common Core program, the government is socializing the public school system. The new Common Core program is based on a one-size-fits-all approach that school Board President Michael Faccinetto condemns, saying:
“All we care about are these high-stakes tests and numbers and data instead of the kids.” Faccinetto continues, “Standardized tests don’t define the success of a child.”
Homeschooling typically allows for a broader, more creative, and more self-disciplined approach to learning
Will federal compliance be the way forward for education in the United States, or are people catching on and learning that the freedom of homeschooling allows for the exploration of alternative ideas, engaging children more effectively with their society and themselves?
Indeed, homeschooling in the US is on the rise. Since 1999, the number of homeschooled children has increased by 75 percent.
Typically, a parent-involved education lays the groundwork for a set of core values that helps children become more productive and principled later in life.
More times than not, homeschooling is not a close-minded, antisocial way of educating. It’s actually a more integrative, creative approach, with opportunities outside the classroom.
Homeschooling isn’t anything to be ashamed of, and there should be nothing criminal about it. It is a parent’s natural right to teach their children what they want as long as they are not harming another. A family that flees a county’s educational control to find liberty in the United States is a testimony of freedom and the Attorney General should be ashamed for wanting to strip the family of asylum and deport them back into the hands of the controlling German government.
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(WOFL FOX 35 ORLANDO) A Umatilla High School senior told FOX 35 she was punished for standing up to students on a school bus who were bullying a mentally challenged teen.
“Just because she doesn’t understand doesn’t mean that should be happening to her,” senior Stormy Rich said.
According to the 18-year old, she witnessed the girl getting bullied on the bus for months and complained to school officials for weeks.
“They would be mean to her, tell her she couldn’t sit on certain spots on the bus,” Rich said.
“They were giving her food that they put in their mouth. I actually had to tell her to spit it out because she didn’t understand.”
But, Rich claims, the school did nothing.
“When the school didn’t do anything, I told the girls if the school didn’t do anything, I was going to do something,” she said.
According to Rich, that’s what got her in trouble with Lake County Public and now she is no longer able allowed on that middle-school bus, which she was allowed to ride as a high school senior due to her out of the ordinary school schedule.
A Lake County Schools spokesperson told FOX 35 Friday they removed Rich from the bus because she displayed bullying behavior and two wrongs don’t make a right.
The spokesperson also said mentally challenged girl never complained about bullying.
“What kid that’s being bullied goes and tells somebody?” Rich argued. “They want to have friends.”
Rich said she was following school policy by reporting the bullying and should not face any repercussions even though she took matters into her own hands.
“I never want this to happen to anybody, I mean I know we can’t save the whole world, but, at least we could try to help the people who go to Umatilla,” she said.