Star Parker

It's also relevant to mention that Carson's mother is a Christian woman of deep faith - a faith he shares. She redirected her boys' lives out of religious inspiration.

Ben Carson, of course, is an exceptional man. But his story verifies what existing studies show. The main predictor of a child's educational success is the parental guidance and involvement that the child gets at home.

Central to this also must be values. The problem is that these values - the traditional values that Ben Carson's mother taught him - are off limits in our public schools.

This is why throwing money at a government school monopoly is not going to change education realities. We need freedom, not money. Freedom to allow parents - certainly inner-city parents - to choose their child's school.

President Obama often uses the right words. He says that "responsibility for our children's education must begin at home." But then he will not allow parents' school choice and the option to choose a religious school.

Ben Carson's mother didn't need Harvard education theorists to know what her child needed.

We need more common sense and freedom in K-12 education -- not more government programs and money.

Star Parker

Star Parker is founder and president of CURE, the Center for Urban Renewal and Education, a 501c3 think tank which explores and promotes market based public policy to fight poverty, as well as author of the newly revised Uncle Sam's Plantation: How Big Government Enslaves America's Poor and What We Can do About It.