Tuesday, June 3, 2014
A Read Like Ben Carson Summer
The world renowned children's brain surgeon Ben Carson has become more well known since his 2013 National Prayer Breakfast speech where an uncomfortable President Obama had to listen to Carson's views on social and fiscal responsibility. Many listeners are left with the impression that the wrong man was elected to be the first black president.
Carson's American success story is all the more amazing when you learn that he was raised by an illiterate single mom in poverty. From such humble beginnings he became the first doctor able to separate twin babies joined at the head. He also made news when he successfully removed half the brain of a young patient who was debilitated by epilepsy.
Carson credits the beginning of the road to his success with an plan his mother put into place while he was attending elementary school in Detroit. Carson noticed that he always did worse than any of the other students in his classes. He was the class dummy. One day his mom told her two boys that they were no longer going to watch TV all day after school. Apart from one or two shows per week, the TV was going to be turned off. Instead, the Carson boys were required to read two books per week and submit a written book report to their mother.
The reading plan worked. Ben Carson went from being the dumbest kid in school to one of the best. He was able to attend Yale University and become one of the most accomplished surgeons in the world.
This summer I have challenged my kids to read like Ben Carson. They will each be reading two books a week and giving me book reports. They may not become world famous brain surgeons, but by September they will have completed a journey of adventure, growth, learning, and accomplishment.
I encourage all parents and grandparents to challenge their own children and grandchildren to read like Ben Carson this summer. The results should be amazing.
For any home schoolers out there I have lowered the price of the home school novel I wrote with my wife from $4.99 to $0.99 on Kindle for the duration of the summer. Home School Adventurers: The Lost Da Vincis tells the humorous adventure of four home school siblings who lose their parents in a science experiment gone wrong. They work together to get them back before anyone finds out they are missing. The book is also available on Nook and ITunes. Reader reviews are always welcome.
During June 2014, enter to win a free copy of Inherit the Wind Overturned by Design. This is an update of the Scopes Monkey Trial for the 21st century. This time, instead of basing the over-the-hill politician turned prosecutor on William Jennings Bryant, he looks a lot like Al Gore. Instead of Clarence Darrow, the feisty defense attorney is based on Ann Coulter. It's conservatives debating liberals, intelligent design vs evolution. It shares the message that intelligent design should be taken seriously, and not dismissed without any debate.
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