Nicole writes this stuff for me. I don’t even have to try.
She includes a cartoon and a quote with the educational packet that she worked for two months to put together for the judge.
She worked for two months putting together examples of the children’s schoolwork that they don’t do. It took two months instead of two minutes because she had to fabricate it out of nothing.
But she took the time to include a cartoon, because that will be so meaningful to the judge, right?
It sort of tugs at your heartstrings, doesn’t it?
It says that Nicole and Joe are trying very hard to treat their kids as individuals and to promote their talents, all unique to each child. So what if they can’t read, or if they are beyond ecstatic because one of the poor kids passes a simple test that the entire population of Kentucky passes usually around age 16. Doesn’t matter. Reading isn’t important. Hell, the kid knows how to hammer a nail and shoot a gun. Math? Who cares? The kid can cobble together a fence out of sticks.
But here’s the problem.
The great alternative educator, Nicole Naugler, included a cartoon along with a quote.
Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
The quote, according to the meme, is attributed to Albert Einstein.
Oh, yeah, if a genius like Albert Einstein says that everyone is a genius, then it has to be true, doesn’t it?
I mean, if that meme attributed the quote to, say, Sally Davis, nobody would care. It has way more meaning and punch if a genius said it. You can’t get more genius-y than Albert Einstein, can you?
There’s a problem, though, for Nicole’s whole schtick.
Albert Einstein never said that. He never wrote that. It was misattributed to him in 2004, probably with the sole intent to make the quote look more important and meaningful than it actually is.
As soon as I saw this, I suspected the quote wasn’t real. Many of these Facebook memes involve fake quotes and it’s always a good idea to check them out. I suspected it wasn’t real because it’s not true. Everyone is not a genius.
The word has a specific meaning.
I have a dog named Minnie. She is good at being a dog and doing doggy things. She is way better at being a dog (barking, for example) than I am. Compare her dogginess to me and she’s a genius dog.
But compared with other dogs, which is what you have to do when assessing intelligence, Minnie is a moron. She is very sweet and we love her and we are committed to her for her lifetime, but she is dumb as a rock when you compare her with almost any other dog out there. Having been hit by a car and nearly killed, she still doesn’t understand that cars will hit you. She’s 13 years old and still thinks that everyone who visits here came to see her. She has never learned to behave around visitors. She does know where her food bowl is and she does know how to ask to go outside. That’s pretty much the extent of her intellectual capacity.
Everyone is not a genius. Some people are human Minnies. That doesn’t make them less valuable, or less lovable, or even less interesting. It does mean, however, that they are not geniuses.
Nicole, try again. Try harder.