Thursday, May 15, 2014

I Wonder If We Could Get Jon Stewart To Give All Commencement Speeches

... because that's probably the only person students and faculty won't tantrum into withdrawal. Christine Lagarde of the IMF just got this treatment from Smiths College, whatever and wherever that is. Here's the excuse:
Why did the students object to the head of the IMF speaking at their graduation? Because, as they wrote in their anti-Lagarde petition, "the IMF has been a primary culprit in the failed developmental policies implanted in some of the world's poorest countries. This has led directly to the strengthening of imperialist and patriarchal systems that oppress and abuse women worldwide."
Huh? I have no idea how the IMF gets that much blame. They typically show up after the citizenry of the country have screwed things up horribly. If poor old Christine is jamming patriarchal imperialism on someone, it's only because they're helping do it.

Clearly I don't understand. I guess I need to go back to college.


B-Daddy said...

No, the students at Smith need to demand that they get their money back for the school's failure to foster a scintilla of critical thinking among its graduates.

K T Cat said...

Or maybe they need to get their money back for getting a second rate speaker when a first rate one was available.

Anonymous said...

Smith College is a very well known and elite school--one of the sister schools to the Ivies.