Ben Carson on Education
School choice increases competitive nature of education
School choice obviously plays a huge role [in making the education system more competitive]. I think having charter schools, having school vouchers,
things of that nature are extremely good because unless you are competing for those students, it's very likely you're going to become complacent. Schools, and teachers, educators are no different than anybody else.
People tend to respond to stimulation, and when there's no stimulation, they tend to kind of relax.
So we need to put the appropriate stimulation there to increase the competitive nature of education.
Source: NewsMaxTV: Carson on school choice
, Apr 15, 2013
Education worked for me; don't throw young people away
Education worked for me, Carson said. After studying at Yale and the University of Michigan, Carson became the youngest person to lead a major division at Hopkins Hospital. "We can't afford to throw any of those young people away," said
Carson, who with his wife set up a scholarship program for exceptional students. A better-educated populace means fewer people on welfare and more taxpayers, he argued.
Source: 2013 Conservative Political Action Conf. in Baltimore Sun
, Mar 17, 2013
As child, mother required written book reports
My mother, with her 3rd-grade education, was terrified that because of our poor academic performance both my brother and I would end up with low-paying menial jobs as she had. She came up with the idea of turning off the television and making us read two
books each week. She also made us submit to her written book reports, which of course she could not read, but we didn't know that. Her friends told her that her sons would grow up to hate her, but that did not matter to her, as long as we were successful
I didn't hate Mother, but in the beginning, I sure hated reading those books. After a while, however, I actually began to look forward to them, because they afforded me escape from our everyday poverty. There in the city, books about nature captivated
me. My reading ability increased. I began to imagine myself as a great explorer or scientist or doctor. I learned things no one else around me knew. Every single day my knowledge of our world expanded, which excited me to no end.
Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p. 54
, Jan 24, 2012
Southern slaveowners knew education would empower slaves
Our society is quite willing to spend millions on a new stadium for the city's football or baseball team, while leaving many of the same city's public schools in a dilapidated condition with tattered books--and in some cases no books at all.
Our young people see through this hypocrisy and tend to emulate what they SEE more than what they are TOLD.
It was not always like this, however. Our nation's founders placed so much emphasis on education that towns in Massachusetts could actually be
fined for not providing adequate public education, as early as 1642. Compulsory education was much slower to reach the southern states, and education of slaves was forbidden. The very fact that powerful men in the South went to great lengths to prevent
slaves from gaining an education makes it clear that they fully understood how empowering education can be. This fact alone should encourage anyone who is poor, weak, and/or powerless to direct all their energy toward obtaining an education.
Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p. 57
, Jan 24, 2012
Maintaining American pinnacle requires math, not athletics
There are many in our society who bring only entertainment value, and American society is as enamored with celebrity as British society is with royalty. Although I have nothing against sports and entertainment,
I believe there is a danger of getting lost in a fantasy world while neglecting the serious things in life such as education and productive work.
The enormous salaries paid to sports stars and entertainers lead people to believe that they are the most important people in our society, or have the most important jobs.
I believe they are as important as anyone else, but we must ask ourselves what will maintain the pinnacle position of our nation in the world: the ability to shoot a 25-foot jump shot, or the ability to solve a quadratic equation.
Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p. 69
, Jan 24, 2012
Carson Scholars Fund: for humanitarian & superior academics
Children are especially vulnerable to peer pressure, whether it be good peer pressure or bad peer pressure. It is definitely possible to affirm students who are not doing well academically while still providing encouraging extra recognition
for those students who are achieving the highest levels. By providing extra recognition for those outstanding students, many of the other students are encouraged to try harder.
We have certainly found this to be the case with the Carson Scholars Fund, which provides scholarships for student who demonstrate both superior academic performance and humanitarian qualities.
Some teachers have told us that when we put a Carson scholar in the classroom, the grade-point average of the whole class can go up by as much as one point over the next year.
Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p. 74
, Jan 24, 2012
THINK BIG: Talent, Honesty, Insight, Nice, Knowledge.God
An example of how political correctness tries to usurp power and impose rules occurred a few years ago when some lawyers approached my wife and me to inform us that our "Think Big" banners could no longer be displayed in public schools. The letter T is
for talent, which everyone has to some degree; the letter H is for honesty; I is for insight; N is for nice; K is for knowledge; B is for books; I is for in-depth learning; and G is for God. Because G stands for God, they felt that was clearly a
violation of the establishment clause of the First Amendment. We informed them that the First Amendment prohibits government suppression of religious expression and a rather vigorous argument ensued.
[Supreme Court Justice
Sandra Day O'Connor agrees]. The audacity of some of the secularists who try to get God out of everything with no legitimate legal backing is astonishing, and they must be challenged and their objections defeated if our value system is to survive.
Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p.193
, Jan 24, 2012
Carson Reading Rooms: 4,800 scholarships totaling $2 million
The Carson Scholars Fund supports two main initiatives: Carson Scholarships and the Ben Carson Reading Project. Our scholarship program awards students who have embraced high levels of academic excellence and community service with
$1,000 college scholarships. The Ben Carson Reading Project provides funding to schools to build and maintain
Ben Carson Reading Rooms -warm, inviting rooms where children can discover the joy of independent leisure reading.
We award more than 500 scholarships annually. In total, we have awarded over 4,800 scholarships across the country.
Carson Scholarship winners have attended more than 300 colleges and universities, and have received nearly $2 million in scholarship funds to help finance their education.
Source: America the Beautiful, by Ben Carson, p.211
, Jan 24, 2012
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