Ahmed on Comedy Central
It’s annoying that the host of the show made Ahmed out like some sort of genius because he took apart a commercial LED clock and put the pieces into a pencil case. Ahmed admits that it only took him ten minutes.
However, my nerdar tells me that Ahmed is a genuine nerd (skinny and short for his age, and not good at public speaking), and not a diabolical mastermind who ingeniously created a device that would look just enough like a hoax bomb to get himself arrested, but not enough like a hoax bomb to be charged with the crime of bringing a hoax bomb to school. For whatever reason a nerdy 14-year-old boy thinks that, he thinks it’s cool to remove the electronic components of consumer electronics from their housings. He just craved attention for his hobby.
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I suspect the same people hating on Ahmed would defend the West Virginia 14-year-old white kid who was arrested for wearing an NRA t-shirt to school. Unlike Ahmed, the kid from West Virginia was definitely trying to annoy people. He was also far more physically mature for his age than Ahmed.
It’s wrong when the liberal MSM has a double standard, but it’s also wrong for conservatives to have a double standard.
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Thin-Skinned Masta-Beta writes:
I’m not sure I have enough info or context to condemn the kid and his pop for fishing for attention and sympathy with a stunt like that. To be sure some of the breathless praise from Mark Zuck… and Barry O’ for young Ahmed’s contributions to science are exaggerated. On the other hand the criticism of his project for failing to “invent” a clock are also off base.
We find plenty of educational value to have kids Ahmed’s age dissect frogs. None of those kids are “inventing” frogs. I always admire the kind of natural curiosity that prompts people to take things apart… even more-so if they can put it back together so it still works.
Young Ahmed is probably better off in an educational context where his natural curiosity can fuel his learning… perhaps a la Maria Montessori? Any of you guys have the benefit of Montessori method education? Seemed to work out alright for the elite of Silicon Valley… Otherwise our educational system seems more concerned with “safety” and babysitting our young in into “high-achieving” “well-credentialed” conformity when it takes some time off lionizing the jocks who actually pose a greater threat of bullying “terror” than any little nerd immigrant ever could.
Good luck Ahmed…
Good comment. Most other commenters here seem totally unable to imagine that a kid can be fascinated by taking things apart and putting them back together to try to figure out how they work. They cannot get over the fact that the kid is Muslim and the father is some sort of annoying activist.