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Gifted Hands

AudiR10 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 4:23 PM
Neither of my parents finished high school, although my Dad went through Weather School in the Army with flying colours and later took courses at Cornell University on the GI Bill. Nevertheless, both my parents were avid readers and my Mama (a Southern lady) was the Lifetime Head of the Grammar Police. Dad could recite all the founding documents, and he could tell you exactly where something was (or that it was not) in the Constitution. Both of them taught us girls that learning had very little to do with attending school. That knowledge has served us very well.
Sheila8 Wrote: Mar 19, 2013 5:29 PM
Well said and very true. There are so many self educated people around who are not given a second thought by the snooty, snarky academia.

A remarkable book titled Gifted Hands tells the personal story of Benjamin Carson, a black kid from the Detroit ghetto who went on to become a renowned neurosurgeon.

At one time young Ben Carson had the lowest grades in his middle school class, and was the butt of teasing by his white classmates. Worse yet, he himself believed that he was just not smart enough to do the work.

Fortunately for him, his mother, whose own education went no further than the third grade, insisted that he was smart. She cut off the television set and made him and his brother...