A couple of unpopular opinions: academia and immigration

First: workout notes: yoga then a 7.3 mile run in 1:26:48. It warmed up a bit during the run; it was evenly paced but the second half was downhill. I slowed a bit.

Someone took this one of me on the Steamboat course, with about a mile to go.

Muscle development: there but there is lose skin on my arms. Ugh.

Weight: 189 (after yoga, before running).

Issues: Of course, universities can be selective in who they admit and elite universities can be very, very choosy. But this spurred some memories:

A few weeks ago, documents leaked showing that about two years ago, when he was 16, some months before the shootings, Kashuv wrote racist comments in text messages and on a collaborative Google doc.

He was studying for the A.P. U.S. History exam with some classmates online. Around midnight they began posting childish things. Kashuv’s comments were repulsive — blatantly racist and anti-Semitic. He wrote the N-word 12 times and then explained that he was good at typing that word. “[P]ractice uhhhhhh makes perfect.”

When the comments became public last month, Kashuv immediately apologized. “We were 16-year-olds making idiotic comments, using callous and inflammatory language in an effort to be as extreme and shocking as possible,” he noted.

On May 24, Harvard’s admissions dean, William Fitzsimmons, wrote to him explaining that Harvard was considering revoking his admission. Harvard reserves the right to revoke admissions for behavior “that brings into question your honesty, maturity or moral character.”

This isn’t the first time Harvard has done this:

Harvard has revoked at least 10 prospective students’ acceptance letters after it was discovered that the students shared racist and sexually explicit memes via a private Facebook group chat.

The group chat, which was at one point named “Harvard Memes for Horny Bourgeois Teens,” was formed in December of last year as an offshoot of the main Harvard Class of 2021 Facebook Group, the Harvard Crimson reported.

Students used the group chat to share offensive content that would have gotten them banned from the main class of 2021 Facebook group. Memes traded in the group reportedly mocked sexual assault, pedophilia, the Holocaust and children’s deaths.

I suppose they can use whatever criteria they want.

Personally, when I teach, I am concerned with just one thing: is the student learning the material and can they demonstrate competence in using said material? I care not at all what their beliefs are; they can be anything they like outside of my classroom. I focus on the material…ONLY.

Of course, they are not allowed to be disruptive in class as that inhibits the learning of others. And they have to treat me with a certain amount of decorum. Everything else: outside issue.

In fact, our university graduated an avowed white supremacist: he learned the material and met the requirements. He also ended up in prison, but not for anything he did in college.

Of course, students have some codes of conduct: they aren’t allowed to threaten other students, faculty or straff, commit campus crimes, etc.

But as far as their beliefs: well, that is up to them.

Immigrant mistreatment Yes, I know; asylum seekers, refugees , and immigrants (legal or not) are different categories of people and different laws apply. And, of course, I’d hope that my country treat them as humanely as possible while enforcing our laws.

But this exchange spurred some heated discussions:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday dismissed criticism from “shrieking Republicans” who targeted comments in which the freshman lawmaker called immigration detention facilities “concentration camps.”

“For the shrieking Republicans who don’t know the difference: concentration camps are not the same as death camps,” she tweeted.

“Concentration camps are considered by experts as ‘the mass detention of civilians without trial.’ And that’s exactly what this administration is doing.”

Now “concentration camps” might be the technically correct term. But I’ve heard OTHERS liken it to what happened to Americans of Japanese ancestry or to what the Germans did to the Jews.

There is a massive difference between:

1. Detaining non-citizens who attempt to enter another country, uninvited
2. Detaining ones OWN citizens against their will without due process (say, for a crime)
3. Going into another country and detaining other people against their will.

What the US is doing here is “1”, which is a very different thing than 2 and 3 (US in WW2..and Germany) and Germany in WW2.

One loses credibility when one conflates said situations.