HANNITY: Very well-said. But it was even deeper than that. She had a third grade education herself.
HANNITY: And you made a comment in that speech that she would look over your reports. You had to write a book report.
CARSON: Right. She said we had to -- we had to read two books a piece and submit to her written book reports which she couldn't read but we didn't know that. She would a little checkmarks and highlights and we would think that she was reading them, but she wasn't. But I hated it so much because everybody else was outside playing and having a good time. My brother and I were stuck in the house reading these books.
But after a while, I actually began to enjoy reading the books. Because even though we were desperately poor between the covers of those books I could go anywhere, I could be anybody, I could do anything, and I began to read about amazing people. I read about Booker T. Washington. His autobiography called "Up from Slavery." He was a slave and it was illegal for slaves to read. And that right there is a topic in and of itself that a lot of young people should be thinking about why was it illegal for slaves to read? Because the slave owners knew that if they could read, they could liberate themselves. And the same thing goes today. Those young people who are not availing themselves of the educational opportunities are intentionally slaving themselves.
HANNITY: The Latin phrase for education, to bring forth from within, it predisposes all these kids were born with their talent. That's their gift.
HANNITY: You had a particular talent, too, in school where you could push people's buttons. I read a commencement address you gave in 2007. That was a particularly good talent of yours.
CARSON: It was. You know, I would study my classmates to figure out what made them really, really angry. Because, you know, they were always calling me dummy, so this is the way I would get back at them and I would figure it out what made them angry and I just irritate them and irritate them until they were about to explode but I would never push the last button until we were in the classroom and the teacher was nearby.
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