OUR E-NEWSLETTER OF LAST WEEK entitled, "Great News. Harvard changes Its admissions policy" brought more that 25 posts - mostly congratulatory and some substantive. They include this profound statement about how Harvard's CHANGE in admissions instructions will benefit not only AsAm applicants but also Harvard and the USA. YOU who supported 80-20 EF deserve a share of the credit.
That's very good news.I am a teacher, and some of my best students are the introverted ones. They often listen carefully to class discussions. They are not the first ones to jump into a discussion and say the first thing on their minds. However, after listening, they will often come up with a much more insightful, well thought out contribution to the class or ask a very relevant question. Some of my students seem quiet at first, but they will surprise an instructor with a deeper analysis of the topic at hand. It's important to acknowledge that an introverted student might be a deeper thinker and have something very profound to contribute. Thank you and your team for helpingHarvard, and hopefully other universities, realize this. (Emphasis added by S.B. Woo)
Harvard's new president Lawrence Bacow, who is known as a good listener, will hopefully appreciate the above post. Perhaps even William Lee, the lead lawyer for Harvard, a Chinese American who has applied every lawyerly trick during the Boston trial instead of facing the substantive truth, may also be inspired by this teacher's post to focus more on justice and fairness than winning and glory. "Scepter and crown. Must tumble down." - James Shirley.
A Lesson For AsAm APOLOGISTS for the Opposing Sides
May we have some self-confidence? When 80-20 EF stands up to fight fiercely, we don't have to be fighting as the tool of either the right or the left. We fight for our own community's best interests.
Our AsAm community would be a lot stronger if our apologists will learn a lesson from 2 recent events:
[A] In 2008, 80-20 went through a BIG STRUGGLE with then candidate Obama to induce him to promise to increase the number of AsAm federal judges, with life tenures.
AsAm apologists for Democrats blamed 80-20 for making unrealistic demands, saying that there were not enough qualified AsAm lawyers for Pres. Obama to agree to EF's stringent demands. Well, Pres. Obama, in his first 5 years, tripledthe number of AsAm federal judges with life-tenures and increased AsAm circuit court judges from zero to 4.
On the other side of the political divide,AsAm apologists for Republicans accused EF of being "a front for the Democratic Party." Well, friends, EF has fought more fiercely against Democratic presidential candidates for our community's benefit than some have dared to plan, click 1 and 2 to verify.
[B]This year, apologists for Harvard accused EF of imagining discrimination by Harvard where there was none. Well, Harvard has practically already admitted discrimination by changing its admissions policy just a month before the Boston trial -- read our last week's e-newsletter.Apologists for Democrats accused EF of selling out to the conservative right, or being duped by Ed Blum. Hey, you apologists for Dems, don't you remember that 80-20 EF used to be called "a front for Democrats"? Have some self-confidence, and let's work together for the best interest of our community.