I’ve been totally captivated by the story of Jake Barnett as told by his mother in her book, The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing Genius. There’s a lot I want to say about this fascinating and encouraging book, but right now I’ll let this quote speak for itself:
In third grade, Stephanie took one look at the questions on a reading comprehension test and realized immediately that she was out of her depth. She drew a little frowny face on the front of the paper, right where the teacher would put the grade, turned the test over, and spent the remainder of the hour drawing a beautifully shaded landscape on the back. When my mother found out what Steph had done, she laughed.
I was perplexed by my mother’s response. How could she take this so lightly? “Because your brain works this way,” she said, pointing to the reading comprehension questions, “and Stephanie’s brain works this way.” She flipped the test over to show the landscape drawing. “And you know what? You’re both going to be fine.” (69)