Thursday, October 08, 2015

Why You Shouldn’t be Surprised that Prisoners Crushed Harvard’s Debate Team


The Washington Post long ago morphed into The Onion.

At the Washington Post.


David In TN said...

Two uestions. One, if the cons are so smart, why are they in the can? Two, What makes anyone think Harvard students are all that smart anyway?

Anonymous said...

Garbage. A set up on purpose. Bard another liberal college with probably a goodly number of Marxist faculty.

Anonymous said...

The implication of this story is that convicts are just as smart as anyone else, if they just had the opportunity they'd all be Rhodes scholars. Anybody reading this actually believe that crap? IQ's in prison are 10 pts. lower than the national average. (Note the debaters are all black men, we know the insinuation there) The author stated there is no correlation between incarceration and intelligence, that's not true, Mr. Holley pulled that out of his liberal ass. However, that does not mean there are not highly intelligent people in prison, just less of them than average. With over 2 million people in prison you can certainly find a certain number of above average minds plus some with literacy and even enough education that you could train them to be strong debaters. So we're supposed to believe that going into a prison and skimming off the few with higher intelligence means that all prisoners are potential college level debaters? If you believe that I have a bridge to sell you.

The article outlined all the disadvantages the prisoners had, they had to order materials that might take days or weeks to arrive, they couldn't access the internet. You know what they do have though? Time. Lots of it. What exactly do they do in prison? Sit in their cells doing nothing? Work a few hours in the laundry room? I wonder how many hours a day a college students has to prepare for these debates? Carrying a full class schedule I would imagine not many.

Besides all that deciding who wins a debate can be a purely subjective decision. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that the judges all have liberal ideologies, if that's the case it's not surprising they would declare the (black) prisoners "winners" in order to pose and posture as noble uplifters of the downtrodden negro.

Let's take this one with a BIG grain of salt. Jerry pdx