I was just reminded of this story and I have to admit I still don’t understand the point Ben Carson was making.
The story is from Carson’s autobiography Gifted Hands. He wrote that he had taken a course when he was at Yale. The class had taken the final exam. The instructor announced that all of the final exams had accidentally been destroyed and everyone would have to take another exam. The second exam was much harder than the first and all of the students except Carson walked out of the test. When Carson was the last student left working his way through the exam, the instructor revealed it had all been a hoax and he had only wanted to see who was “the most honest student in the class.”
Huh? I can see declaring him the hardest working student or the most dedicated student or the student who never quits. But how does not walking out on the test make Carson the most honest student? How were the other students being dishonest by walking out?
And before anyone brings it up, I realize Carson’s story has been debunked. I’m asking what the story is supposed to mean not whether it happened.