Detroit public school students cannot read or count
The Detroit Board of Education, seeing its failing schools and functionally illiterate students, decided the most important focus should be stripping Ben Carson’s name off of a high school named after him. Carson, of course, has not been caught up in scandals or criminal convictions – the whole problem is he worked for President Donald Trump.
The average math proficiency for Detroit public school students is 12 percent while reading proficiency is at 18 percent, according to publicschoolreview.com.
The board might consider that for the 98 percent black student population, honoring someone like Carson, a top-ranked neurosurgeon and former Department of Housing and Urban Development secretary would possibly give the students someone to look up to and aspire to be. Carson, after all, came from a home with a single-mom who could not read herself, but helped her two sons, who went to Detroit public schools, escape poverty through education.
In fact, as reported by Fox News in a column from Carson’s former chief of staff, “the Detroit School Board voted to change the name of the Benjamin Carson High School of Science and Medicine despite an administrative recommendation and student poll to keep the name as is.”
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