These women require no remedial classes, by the way. They come prepared, many having huddled in basements secretly imbibing what information they could from male relatives or having lived in Pakistani refugee camps to gain access to schools. Not one of them has a GPA below 3.5.What amazing candidates these women are for scholarships to American schools. They want to return to Afghanistan after their education to improve their own society. If universities were truly concerned about diversity there would be a lot more on the list of schools setting aside money for these scholarships. The contrast with Yale and their proud admittance of a Taliban spokesman couldn't be more stark.
Arezo Kohistani, now attending Roger Williams, tells us that she had planned to major in journalism. But she changed her focus when several reporters were assassinated in Afghanistan during her first semester. Stories like this remind us that her country has a long road ahead. The graduates of the Initiative to Educate Afghan Women will surely help to speed it along the way.
Kitchen Table Math Blog compares the statistics on these women getting educated underground during the Taliban's rule and now in Pakistan refugee camps with the number of California college freshmen needing remediation.
The president of Yale is going to have to decide soon whether to accept the Mr. Taliban into the regular undergraduate program at Yale. John Fund has some advice for him.
But a Yale official tells me that Mr. Levin has wrested control of the decision as to whether or not his school's prize diversity catch will be admitted as a sophomore next fall away from the admissions office. He will now make the final call.Perhaps some feminist groups would also like to contribute to the cause of educating Afghan women.
While he ponders that choice, he could also dust off Ms. Nirschel's 2002 letter and perhaps reconsider her suggestion that another truly worthy Afghan student be admitted. Ms. Rohbar, the aspiring physician, may be someone he could invite over for a chat. After all, she lives only four miles from his office. On days when she doesn't have homework, she is free after around 6 p.m., when her shift as a clerk ends.