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  •  At least I bet he was questioning the family (7+ / 0-)

    business (so to speak).  It would be interesting to hear from fellow students about his behavior when he arrived.  WHat year is he, do you know?

    "The next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please, pay attention." Molly Ivins

    by janmtairy on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 04:34:36 PM PDT

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    •  Whoops, just read more carefully. (4+ / 0-)

      I see he is now a junior.  

      "The next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please, pay attention." Molly Ivins

      by janmtairy on Wed Jul 17, 2013 at 04:36:13 PM PDT

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      •  Actually, he graduated this spring. (2+ / 0-)
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        I work at New College, so I know more than I can say without outing myself or violating Derek's privacy rights.  I will note that he has won some academic awards, traveled to Europe, and been accepted to graduate school.  

        Considering where he came from and where he is now, I think this case is a timely reminder that the value of a humanistic liberal arts education is measured in more than just dollars and cents.

        •  Amen to that (2+ / 0-)
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          For a lot of kids escaping conservative bigoted backgrounds, college is transformative. Was for me.

          I remember at UW hiring a work-study student from a very racist and ultra-conservative family, and watching with pleasure as he grew up and left those distortions behind. It wasn't that the rest of us liberals brainwashing him, although we were kind. It's that the kid started to think critically, started to get a little more intellectually flexible, got the idea that facts matter, got a chance to really debate things both within himself and with others.  That's why I'm not willing to write off conservatives in their teens and early 20's, because they have not yet ossified into something ugly, yet. In fact, it's a good idea to walk the extra mile with those kids.

          “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

          by ivorybill on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 06:18:09 AM PDT

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          •  I was raised by right wing parents in (0+ / 0-)

            Dennis Hastert's district.  Went to visit Indiana University in the mid 70s.  The whole thing felt all "peace and love" to me.  My parents hated  it; I loved it.  

            I think I would have become what I am anyway.  But it felt right and Bloomington made things easier.  

            My freshman year was election 76.  I was too young to vote but would have voted for Ford.  By 1980, I was a flaming liberal.  College is a transformative experience.

            My niece, who aspires to be the first woman president (don't think she'll make it because I think we will have one long before she turns 35), lives in Mean Jean Schmidt's district (okay I know she is gone, but still) and her parents are christian right to the max.  She is considering Yale, Vanderbilt and Univ of Kentucky.  Would like her to move out of her comfort zone, although she is totally a true believer right now.  

            "The next time I tell you someone from Texas should not be president of the United States, please, pay attention." Molly Ivins

            by janmtairy on Thu Jul 18, 2013 at 06:35:15 PM PDT

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