"Now, itís not my intention to
offend anyone. I have discovered, however, in recent years that itís
very difficult to speak to a large group of people these days and
not offend someone. And people walk around with their feelings on
their shoulders, waiting for you to say something -- 'Ah, did you
hear that?!' And they can't hear anything else you say."
Iím very passionate about education
because itís made such a big difference in my life...My wife and I
Carson Scholars Fund 16
years ago, after we heard about a survey -- an international survey
-- looking at
the ability of eighth graders in 22 countries to solve math and
science problems. And we came out number 21 out of 22 -- barely
beat out number 22. Very concerning.
We started giving out scholarships to
students from all backgrounds for superior academic performance and
demonstration of humanitarian qualities. Unless you cared about
other people, it didnít matter how smart you were. Weíve got plenty
of people like that. We donít need those. We need smart people who
care about other people. We would give them money. The money would
go into a Trust. They would get interest on it. And when they went
to college they'd get the money.
But also the school gets a
trophy, every bit as impressive as any sports trophy.
It goes right out there with the others. They get a medal. They get to go
to a -- a
banquet. And we try to put them on
the same kind of a pedestal as we do
the All-State athletes.