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Education is a gateway to opportunity. It is a cure for most ailments and it is a means of equipping our future generations with the necessary tools to face the challenges of the future. The names of the people we honor in the schools and school buildings we build serve as good barometers for the people we want our young people to emulate.
That’s why we’re so concerned that in mid-November, the Detroit School Board voted to rename the Benjamin Carson Graduate School of Science and Medicine, despite administrative recommendation and student petition.
Superintendent Nicholas Vitti, who recommended keeping the name, said “history should always be recognized and there is an opportunity to make up for the mistakes of the past.”
We, Dr. Carson’s former staff at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, write to set the record straight and celebrate the good doctor’s remarkable accomplishments, hoping that more attention will be paid to students and less to political objections. .
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Dr. Ben Carson was born into poverty in Detroit and raised by a single mother. He attended public schools in Detroit and his mother worked several jobs to provide for him and his brother Curtis.
Although things were difficult, his mother instilled in him and his brother the values of hard work, perseverance and faith. He taught them that anything is possible in America through education.
Because of these values, which his mother worked so hard to instill, Dr. Carson received a full scholarship to Yale University, where he began his undergraduate studies. After his time at Yale, he attended the University of Michigan Medical School and then the Johns Hopkins University neurosurgery program.
After residency, Dr. Carson returned to Johns Hopkins and served as director of pediatric neurosurgery and led a team of 70 surgeons in the first successful separation of conjoined twins at the back of the head. This famous procedure brought him to the national spotlight as one of the world’s top surgeons, especially because of his expertise in pediatric neurosurgery.
After retiring from medicine, Dr. Carson began running for the Republican presidential nomination and served as the 17th Secretary of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Today, he continues his work as the founder and chairman of the American Cornerstone Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring the “four cornerstones” of American greatness: faith, liberty, community, and life.
Dr. Carson is the epitome of the American dream. Only with us, a poor city boy could grow up to become a world-famous neurosurgeon, a presidential candidate, and a secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers. He represents the promise of America. Through hard work, opportunity, and belief in something greater than ourselves, just like Dr. Carson, we can achieve anything we set our minds to.
But Dr. Carson’s achievements are not only professional; We have been fortunate enough to witness his leadership firsthand and can attest that his inner qualities match his outer successes.
Dr. Carson, above all, greets everyone—friend and foe alike—with the warmth and kindness that can only come from a sincere heart. Dr. Carson believes that if we put aside all the noise and sit with each other, we will soon discover that our commonalities far outweigh our differences.
Dr. Carson is always personable and any meeting with him is sure to have a few lighthearted jokes and quips. He can quote from both Shakespeare and the Bible, whether it’s Hamlet or Proverbs, you can be sure there’s a timeless lesson in the wisdom he shares.
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The reason why we decorate our buildings with the names of heroes is to always remind them of their examples. Their life stories provide us with a road map to follow, and these lessons are meant to inspire us to follow their example.
In today’s culture of anger, violence, and division, Dr. Carson is just that person for our children. In a time when honor and virtue are increasing, he is an example for our future generations.
Dr. Carson is the epitome of the American dream. Only with us, a poor city boy could grow up to become a world-famous neurosurgeon, a presidential candidate, and a secretary of the Cabinet of Ministers. He represents the promise of America. Through hard work, opportunity, and belief in what is beyond us, just like Dr. Carson, we can achieve anything we set our minds to.
Despite all of his accomplishments, Dr. Carson’s own words sum it up better than ever: “When we do our best, we must know that we still have to rely on God. No matter how good it is – if we leave God out of the picture , incomplete.”
The truth is, Dr. Carson must have dozens of schools named after him. We believe that removing such a person’s name puts us at a disadvantage, especially to the students who are trying to make an example of this political ploy. We hope that every student aspires to be a leader like Dr. Carson: a compassionate and humble person who cares deeply about our children’s future.
These are the additional 56 people who signed the letter:
Alex Coffey, Alfonso Costa Jr., Anna Maria Farias, Ashley Ludlow, Barbara Gruson, Ben DeMarzo, Brad Bishop, Brian Montgomery, Kali Geibel, Caroline Vanwyck, Casey C. Cheap, Coalter Baker, Colleen O’Kane, David Thiel, David Wall . Joe DeFelice, John L. Ligon, Joseph P. Galvan, Joshua Orlaski, Kelsey Holt, Len Wolfson, Lynne Patton, Maribel Gatica, Matt Schuck, Michael Burley, Michael C. Nason, Michael Williams, Nicole S. Wilson, Esq. , Paul Dance, Phil Trometter, Reid Wilson, Representative Beth Van Duyne, Richard B. Everett, Jr., Sadie Thorman, Scott Knittle, Scott Turner, Spencer Chretien, Steven Rawlinson, Todd Thurman, and Zach Barnes.