Resolved: the School of Hard Knocks can teach you more than the Ivy League.
Three inmates at a maximum security facility defeated one of the world’s top tier universities in an hour long debate on the topic of disenrolling undocumented children from public schools.
The men who victoriously took on the Harvard College Debating Union are all participants in the Bard Prison Initiative, a program that educates incarcerated men and women so they can earn their degree and use their time in the system productively.
No one expected the Bard Debate Union to win, as being a student in prison is unreasonably difficult.
Whereas any college or university student can hop online and research anything, students of the BPI do no have internet access. They also have to file requests for books or articles, which can take weeks to arrive.
Still, the debaters who vehemently opposed disenrolling undocumented students raised many good points the Harvard team simply could not rebut.
“They caught us offRead More »from Prison debate team unexpectedly beats Harvard students