Elite U no good for u

From the Wall Street Journal:

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.

Not really surprising if we consider that college campuses today seem focused on limiting allowable disagreement among those who can afford to attend. See Greg Lukianoff‘s Unlearning Liberty

Unlearning violent crime via the prison college program teaches one resourcefulness instead.

Hat tip:Powerline:

  • Xavier

    After the debate, Judge Mary Nugent commented on the politeness of the inmates: “One even said he would thank me later. He may have a speech impediment because it sounded like ‘shank me later’. The poor dear.”

  • 2maxpower

    why would anybody be surprised. higher education has become nothing more that fraud on an institutional scale. 40 years ago any high school grad would beat most elite university students in a debate on most anything.

  • disqus_PwGxBXHn8l

    THe two groups may have been handpicked for this result, but it is telling nonetheless.