Every child should be taught what Dr. Benjamin Carson, an American neurosurgeon and the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital has to say about what is really important about a person.
Dr. Carson was the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins who were joined at the back of the head and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award in the United States, by President George W. Bush in 2008.
Today, with our country divided as much as it has been since the Civil War ended in 1865, I think Dr. Carson’s words should be heard. Politicians and politics are dividing us now just as the nation was divided prior to the Civil War. In 1860, many in this country who were against slavery both in the north and the south were seeking a peaceful means to end slavery and solve labor problems that existed all over the nation. Workers in the north were mistreated and slaves in the south did not know the meaning of freedom. Then, as now, politicians and opportunists used the conditions of the period to provoke hatred, greed, and violence to promote themselves rather than seek peaceful means of freeing the slaves and passing laws that gave workers better conditions. The result was 620,000 dead, untold families destroyed, slaves freed to find themselves in deep poverty, hatred that was deepened and resulted in segregation, working conditions not solved at all, and ‘Carpet-baggers’ who greedily took advantage of the situation.
Later in our history, had it not been for the Christian leadership of a man named Martin Luther King, who knows what the end result of segregation would have been in the south.
We are now at another crossroad. We must find ways to promote understanding and equal opportunities that do not involve hatred and violence.
It seems to me that the first step is to teach all children and students the lessons that Benjamin Carson’s mother taught her children. If our public, government schools refuse to teach this, parents must accept the challenge. No child is educated until they learn these invaluable lessons.
Perhaps the question could be posed as follows:
Will we in America listen to and act according to the words of President Obama and those with a divisive message of class warfare and government dependence or to Dr. Carson and those with a healing message of self-reliance and independence? Every person must decide individually and act accordingly.