On one side of the stage at a maximum-security prison here sat three men incarcerated for violent crimes.
On the other were three undergraduates from Harvard College.
The inmate were required to argue for a position with which they strongly disagreed: Resolved: “Public schools in the United States should have the ability to deny enrollment to undocumented students.”
After an hour of fast-moving debate on Friday, the judges rendered their verdict.
The inmates won.
Unlearning violent crime via the prison college program teaches one resourcefulness instead.