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Bullish on the Ancient Eight

Reader Matt Patrick e-mails this, in response to news that Yale University has admitted a former Taliban propagandist:

I live in Dallas and have spent most of my life in Texas, save my Junior High years when I lived on the Main Line in Philadelphia and a few jobs more recently. Growing up, going to college at an Ivy League school seemed a dream; the pinnacle of the education system and one that would open doors for the rest of your life. I ended up going to college here (both undergraduate and graduate schools) and am happy to have done so. I now have kids of my own, both of whom will be off to college in a few short years. They are bright and we routinely receive solicitation material from the Ivies or the Sisters. It is promptly thrown away.
I suspect Matt wasn’t the only one to react like that. In fact, in trumpeting its unduly tolerant tolerance, Yale may have severely limited its ability to court a ‘diverse’ student body from anywhere in middle America. Parents don’t want to send their children to colleges that admit twisted former propagandists for fallen despotic regimes, whose work has served to subjugate women, execute gays, attack America, and facilitate all sort of blacker deeds. And most people wouldn’t consider those parents to be intolerance, they’d consider them intelligent.

UPDATE: And John Buckholz e-mails:

Matt Patrick does his children an incalculable disservice by trashing Ivy League solicitations. At the very least, he underestimates his children’s capacity for free, independent thought.
Though some would say that Ivy League schools often make that same underestimation.


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