Friday, June 24, 2005
A College for grooming Stepford Wives...and Husbands
Do the students have impure thoughts; do they masturbate? One wonders.
Hanna Rosin's "God and Country" in The New Yorker about a college that was established to groom homeschooled students for political positions made me cringe. No, nothing wrong with homeschooled kids. But this particular college was founded with objective and principles that are disturbing.
- "Patrick Henry is a Christian college, though it is not affiliated with any denomination, and it gives students guidelines on "glorifying God" with their appearance. During class hours, the college enforces a "business casual" dress code designed to prepare the students for office life---especially for offices in Washington,D.C., fifty miles to the east where almost all the students have internships with Republican politicians, or in conservative think tanks."
- "The boys in the cafetaria all had nearly trimmed hair, and wore suits or khakis and button-down shirts; girls wore slacks or skirts just below the knee, and sweaters or blouses."
Watched Pot. The great Hendrik Hertzberg writes in The New Yorker about the Supreme Court and Medical Marijuana.
- "Someday the cruelty of the 'drug war' will give way to laws and policies based on reason and justice. But that day is painfully slow in coming, and no drug, legal or not, can take the pain away."