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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.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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