our daughters, education, choices
Ross Douthat has written a rant (hat tip to Sriram Naganathan, for the article) – The secrets of Princeton. This is a reaction to the essay that an ex-Princetonian Susan Patton wrote: Advice for the young women of Princeton: the daughters I never had.
I would request all readers of this blog to read the above two articles – as they have a solid bearing and a few valuable insights. Ross’ has more incite than insight, that is – but in the name of preservation of perverse diversity and promotion of Armed Chair Intellectualism, I would give Ross his due too, though I want him to get his just desserts.
My own warped opinion follows: The articles are an interesting read. They confirm my suspicions. Susan Patton’s essay is cool, honest & genuine.
I believe in meritocracy, elitism and all those politically incorrect & inconvenient terminologies – and of course in the basic ideas of that dismal science – Economics.
I don’t much care for equality of opportunity (it exists anyway) but I care for the creation of equality of status.
I also believe that each child / adult can be (and SHOULD be) elitist in more ways than one. It is important for self preservation, especially in these times of the meteoric rise of mediocrity and continual institutionalization of sheer lumpen stupidity.
MartinLK always comes in handy – as he says ““If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as a Michaelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.”
It is a fantastic idea to be an elite sweeper, as our Bapuji (also) was.
But am digressing, as is my wont, and let me get back to the Susan Patton ammunition. Ah, the pun.
When I talk to my village girls (they are in their 9-12th grades) – this is what I tell them. You are bright, superior children. You are the elite! You should go out and construct your own splendid lives. It is possible. Don’t settle for anything less than an equal. Go out and meet with boys and girls from the rest of the multiple worlds that we inhabit, who are your intellectual equals And you make a choice. Don’t get hitched to a random useless drunken boor of a joker who has got nothing better than a perennial whine and a thundering idiocy to boot.
It does not matter that most of my cherubic girls are from the Vanniar community. It does not matter that Dr. Ramadoss is just a stone’s throw away in Tailapuram. (
may be I should give it a shot or what!)
Hmm, au contraire, Dr Ramadoss is also genuinely against that devil personified – liquor. (
may be I should send him a bouquet or what!)
Our daughters deserve a better deal than what they get handed over in a condescending platter.
In fact, we (wifey & I) are going to give the kind of advice that Susan would have given her daughter is she had one – to our daughter. Amen.
Thanks Susan, for your bold take on the subject.