Thursday, March 23, 2006

Stupid is as stupid does.

No one was more surprised with being accepted into Yale University than Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi. According to him, he had a better chance going to prison at Guantanimo. Hashemi, fomerly an aide to the Taliban foreign minister has a point; How is it possible for a highly selective university to want an unreconstructed thug. Despite a growing lack of support for the war in Iraq support remains high for the removal of the Taliban in Afgahnistan. That the Yale admissions policy has a more nuanced view is troubling.

Former director of admissions at Yale Richard Shaw explained that Hashemi is “a person to be reckoned with and who could educate us about the world.'' Really? It's now the job of the university to be educated by the Taliban? Recently Richard Young was appointed Dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid at Stanford. Perhaps those in the Stanford community would be interested in knowing what sort of education he intents to import.


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