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Thursday, October 08, 2015

Harvard debaters lose to prisoners

Harvard champs lost a debate:
Months after winning a national title, Harvard’s debate team has fallen to a group of New York prison inmates.
So how could champion Harvard debaters lose to a bunch of killers and other prisoners?

It was simple. They let the Harvard student defend a politically correct liberal view, but they had to rebut points made by the prisoners, and they could not do that:
Ironically, the inmates had to promote an argument with which they fiercely disagreed. Resolved: “Public schools in the United States should have the ability to deny enrollment to undocumented students.” ...

The Harvard team members said they were impressed by the prisoners’ preparation and unexpected line of argument. “They caught us off guard,” said Anais Carell, a 20-year-old junior from Chicago.

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