It’s a Weird World

Har­vard de­bate team beaten by in­mates

Lesotho Times - - Car­toons & Puz­zles -

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 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

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