Saturday, February 19, 2005

Harvard President Getting Heat

Harvard president, Lawrence Summers, has upset some of the faculty at the Ivy League institution according to several reports. Apparently, at a panel discussion or seminar or some such gathering of enlightened folks, Ol' Larry inserted is foot firmly in his mouth. When discussing why fewer women than men reach top level science jobs, Larry suggested biological differences may be part of the reason. OOPS, that doesn't qualify for political correctness and some of the faculty have taken exception. As one can imagine, the MSM is on the case.

Now let's slow down for a minute. It seems Larry had prefaced his remarks so as not to appear like a bigot to the enlightened in attendance. My understanding is they were encouraged to think outside the proverbial box. Obviously, they didn't mean quite that far outside. They should have instructed them to think outside the box, but within certain parameters.

Harvard is very well known for its collection of wild eyed liberals. Now they have another cause to bash Ol' Larry. Nothing I can find has indicated how many faculty members are actually upset the the president. One report said a letter circulated was signed by 80 of the faculty. My guess is that 80 would be a reasonable percentage of the total, but that more than 80 really don't care. Former Harvard Magazine editor, John Bethell, said, "Harvard faculty people are not used to a leader who is aggressive."

Here's a thought. I wonder how many of the distressed faculty members were spanked as children versus how many were given "time out." How many played little league games where no score was kept, versus how many played and learned to accept defeat and deal with it in a sportsmanlike manner when their team lost.

Just a thought.


At 8:01 AM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

So, somehow, we are supposed to make a connection between being spanked as a child and controversial comments made by a college president? I am all for boat-rocking. I love it when people shake things up with pointed speech, but I am not sure I follow how little league games and spanking have much to do with it! Just a question...

At 12:55 PM, Blogger Ol' BC said...

Ahhhh, Sir Loin, the connection is not with the president and his comments, it is with those who don't handle difference of opinion particularly well. The surprising thing is that kids testing is validating his comments to some degree.

At 1:58 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

Well, in America we are all supposed to be equal, right? *cough* *cough*


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