Kid Pants (my 9-yr-old with Autism Spectrum Disorder) has a school assignment to write a report on a famous person, and then present the report in front of all of the students and parents in costume as part of a "living wax museum". He wanted to do Nikola Tesla, or at least a scientist.

His teacher, however, said he could not do a report on a scientist because the project "must be based on a book, not just online research" (um, libraries are still a thing, right?). Therefore, he has been assigned Mark Twain.

This same teacher told me earlier in the year that Kid Pants' difficulty in speaking and slowness with getting a sentence out was "unfair to the other students". Kid Pants did not talk at all until he was almost four, and I have spent a small fortune on speech therapy.

So I am thinking Kid Pants' oral report should consist primarily of Mark Twain's most scathing quips about education, such as:

  • "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."**
  • "In the first place God made idiots. This was for practice. Then He made school boards."
  • "Education consists mainly in what we have unlearned."
  • "Many public-school children seem to know only two dates—1492 and 4th of July; and as a rule they don't know what happened on either occasion."

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Does this seem sporting? Or am I being a maniacal asshole?

**This quotation is attributed to Mark Twain, but is not verified.

ETA: Thanks to the commenters, I have learned that Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and Tesla were friends! And there is a photo of Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) in Tesla's lab!

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