Famed neurosurgeon and current HUD Secretary Ben Carson has come a long way from his poverty-stricken childhood in the Detroit area. He became a prominent pediatric neurosurgeon at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, then was a 2016 Republican candidate for President of the United States and is now part of President Trump’s cabinet.
So, he deserves a great deal of respect and recognition, and indeed, a high school in Detroit is named after Carson. But that honor might go away before long.
Yes, the Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine, which was dedicated in 2011, might change its name. LaMar Lemmons, a board member, wants to give the school a different name, and some residents also do not like Carson being part of the school’s name because of local attitudes about the president. The board voted the other day, and the result was 6-1 in favor of giving the school a different name.
According to the school’s policies, the board can change a school’s name to honor “individuals who have made a significant contribution to the enhancement of education.” They can also change the school’s current name if “information newly discovered about the current name of the school is negative in nature.”
Even if the board does move forward with erasing Carson’s name and legacy from the school’s name, the name change will not happen immediately — likely not until the next school year. Also, there is a process to be followed, including surveys and community meetings, before any name change becomes official.
According to school’s website, the school “provides a college-prep curriculum that offers unique experiences for students interested in science and medicine, including partnerships with the Detroit Medical Center, Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine and Henry Ford Health System.” The courses are “very heavy in science and mathematics” and “rigorous,” and “every student who enters the high school knows the expectations of staff, partners and parents is for them to complete college.”
“The school aims to honor the contributions Dr. Carson has made not only to the global medical community, but also as a role model for Detroit students with aspirations and interests in science and medical fields,” the website adds.
So why take that honor away from Carson, when he has done so much to promote education, inspire countless students and save many children’s lives while working diligently for decades as a world-renowned neurosurgeon?
It is quite petty to change the school’s name simply because Carson is serving the country in the Trump administration. No matter what the board members’ and citizens’ political views might be, they could at least agree that Carson is an American hero and success story who inspires students to pursue important work in the areas of science and medicine.
Sadly, there’s no reason to expect anything less from the radical left.
~ Conservative Zone