Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Many of our mothers and fathers inspired us to read and write even though they were illiterate

Fact #23
When African-American neurosurgeon Ben Carson was a child, his mother required him to read two library books a week and give her written reports, even though she was barely literate. She would then take the papers and pretend to carefully review them, placing a checkmark at the top of the page to show her approval. The assignments inspired Carson's eventual love of reading and learning.

2 comments:

Holly Forrest said...

What an incredibly touching story. His mother was a great parent.

Linda Black said...

Yes, she was Holly Forrest, and there are other stories just like his. The illiteracy rate ran very high among our parents back then but sheer determination and ambition to succeed ran high also.