Star Parker

Carson says, “We were a “can do” nation and now we’re a “what can you do for me nation.”

He talks about the two biggest influences when he was a boy - a demanding and caring mother and his church.

According to Carson, “we’re being crucified by political correctness – that any lifestyle is equivalent to any other lifestyle.”

Through the Carson Scholars Fund, he provides $1000 college scholarships to kids “who excel academically and are dedicated to serving their communities.” He also builds reading rooms – there are now 77 at schools in 11 different states – designed to provoke kids to want to read.

My takeaway after a half hour interview (available at with Dr. Carson? Education is about family, meaning, personal responsibility, standards of right and wrong, and appreciating the uniqueness of every child.

Without these fundamentals, truckloads of taxpayer money will accomplish nothing. Which is why the trillions being spent are poured into a black hole.

I would add that given the realities of today’s public schools – defined by the political correctness that Dr. Carson says is crucifying us - there is no hope of meeting his standards for education without giving parents freedom to choose where to send their kid to school.

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.