2015 Nov 17, 9:27am
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In the match, inmates defended the premise that students whose parents entered the US illegally should be turned away from schools.
"Students in the prison are held to the exact same standards, levels of rigor and expectation as students on Bard's main campus," said Max Kenner, executive director of the Bard Prison Initiative, which operates in six New York prisons. "Those students are serious. They are not condescended to by their faculty."
The initiative allows inmates to earn a range of degrees mostly taught by Bard professors all taught without access to the internet.
About 15% of all prisoners at Eastern New York Correctional are registered and some graduates have continued their studies at Yale and Columbia universities, according to Kenner.
said the Bard team made a strong case that the schools attended by many undocumented children were failing so badly that students were simply being warehoused. The team proposed that if â€œdropout factoriesâ€ with overcrowded classrooms and insufficient funding could deny these children admission, then nonprofits and wealthier schools would step in and teach them better. .....but limousine liberals continue to vote for welfare to keep the coloreds on "their side of the tracks"
Preparing has its challenges. Inmates canâ€™t use the Internet for research. The prison administration must approve requests for books and articles, which can take weeks.
In the morning before the debate, team members talked of nerves and their hope that competing against Harvardâ€”even if they lostâ€”would inspire other inmates to pursue educations.
â€œIf we win, itâ€™s going to make a lot of people question what goes on in here,â€ said Alex Hall, a 31-year-old from Manhattan convicted of manslaughter. â€œWe might not be as naturally rhetorically gifted, but we work really hard.â€
That's what happens when you tell the inmates the Harvard brats will have to go into lockup for a day in wedding dresses if they lose the debate.