The characteristics we associate with Ronald Reagan—self-reliance, self-con dence, optimism, modesty, loyalty, tolerance, good humor, determination, and rev- erence for God—all came from his forebears, his parents, his teachers and coaches, clergy, the circumstances of his youth, and the culture of the rural Middle West. Read more about this and also hear from Laura Bush on building better schools in this editon of American Outlook.

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