In fifth grade, he was known as the dummy of his class. It was taken for granted that Ben could take an entire quiz and miss every question. “I was most likely to end up in jail, reform school, or the grave.”
Holding two to three jobs, his illiterate mother noticed that the wealthy families she worked for invested their time reading books rather than watching television. She made her two boys turn off the television, read two books a week from the Detroit Public Library, and submit book reports to her. They didn’t know their mother could not read. She made marks on the reports anyway.
A sinking student, Dr. Ben Carson was lifted from deep inner-city poverty to a graduate of Yale and world-renowned neurosurgeon and professor at Johns Hopkins University.
Books Changed His Life
Dr. Carson credits his transformation and life change to the reading program his mother created for he and his brother.
Contend for books. Long-form reading is powerful and transforming – personally and culturally.