Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, reacted Monday to the news that his hometown Detroit high school is being shut down.
According to a Fox News column by former HUD chief Andrew Hughes, the Detroit school board voted to rename the Benjamin Carson Graduate School of Science and Medicine despite an administrative recommendation and student request.
“It’s sad that we’ve gotten to the point where political ideology trumps all the purposes of an educational institution,” Carson said on “Hannity.”
“And we’re seeing this awakening spread throughout our society, and our society is being destroyed. How is it for us to demonize people we disagree with and teach that to our children when math grades are low? benefits, reading scores are down; academic performance is down?”
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Carson described the systemic failure of students in many public high schools, saying that some children graduate despite being “functionally illiterate,” while the schools themselves are seen as promoting the woke ideology that led to the Detroit decision. are more engaged.
The retired Johns Hopkins surgeon added that the American Cornerstone Institute, which he directs, instead tries to give students a well-rounded assessment of the nation’s history and other important academic subjects, free of ideological influence.
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“We want to change that narrative and we need a vaccine to instill, and that’s why we created this program,” he said of his institute’s Little Patriots initiative.
Before the interview, host Sean Hannity said in a statement from the Detroit school district that community members “raised concerns about how the school’s name was changed under emergency management…”.
Hannity added that many people in the city believed that Carson’s political positions and decisions in government “do not reflect Detroiters” and therefore the school should not be renamed in his honor.
A school board member who opposed the original name change said in 2018 that the move is “synonymous with Trump’s name written in black in our school,” the host added.