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3/7/2014
Keep minds open

Education is supposed to open the mind, not close it.

With high school and college graduation ceremonies approaching, that's well worth remembering.

Rutgers University professors and some students want to retract an invitation extended to former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to speak at this year's commencement ceremony.

Rutgers' New Brunswick Faculty Council passed a resolution asking the university to rescind the invitation.

The professors and some students object to her role in the war in Iraq and some of the Bush administration's practices when interrogating terrorists.

OK, it's fine to object to Bush policies. But Rice was an accomplished woman and role model long before she joined the Bush administration. She's also extremely intelligent and still has much to offer the United States.

She likely will give the Rutgers students — even the professors — something valuable to think about and take away from the commencement ceremony. Her comments will be about encouraging the students to pursue their dreams, whether those would be in line with Bush's way of thinking, or former President Clinton's, or any other former U.S. leader.

If the students — and professors — are to keep learning, then they should listen to those who not only share their political views, but those who don't.

Rutgers' Faculty Council should make Rice welcome. So should the students and professors.