// Prisoners Outsmart Harvard //
A big part of why we started New Sincerity was to tell the stories that we see as being underreported. But every now and then something like this Bard v. Harvard piece pops up and takes off in mainstream media. It’s always inspiring for us because it means that our goal of upsetting media bias has some traction and, ya know, that we have a little less digging to do for new content. Win-Win, as they say.
Harvard vs. Eastern New York maximum security prison. Not your average college debate. Harvard students? Sure, you’d expect them to have a few tools in their belt. The inmates? They didn’t even have Internet to prepare. Still, they won.
Before the debate Alex Hall, one of the team members, said, “If we win, it’s going to make a lot of people question what goes on in [the prison]… we might not be as naturally rhetorically gifted, but we work really hard.”
The teachers at Bard Prison Initiative said that many of their students are the sharpest and most dedicated learners they have ever taught. Go team!