It’s a Weird World
Harvard debate team beaten by inmates
LONDON — American research university Harvard’s champion debate team have been put in their place - by a group of New York prison inmates.the showdown took place at the maximum security Eastern New York Correctional Facility, where prisoners can take courses run by nearby Bard College.
A few years ago inmates formed a debating club which has claimed a number of major scalps including the Military Academy at West Point.now they have gone one better and beaten a trio of undergraduates at Harvard, who are the current national debate champions.
Against the Ivy Leaguers, who were also the 2014 champions, the prisoners were tasked with defending a position they opposed. they had to argue that public schools should be allowed to turn away students whose parents entered the US illegally. three students from Harvard’s team responded, and a panel of neutral judges declared the inmates victorious.
Max Kenner, executive director of the Bard Prison Initiative, which operates in six New York jails, said he was not surprised.
“Students in the prison are held to the exact same standards, levels of rigour and expectation as students on Bard’s main campus,” he said.
“Those students are serious. They are not condescended to by their faculty.” — Sky News