Violent Felons beat National Champion Harvard Debate Team

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In a fight, I think we would all typically assume violent felons from New York could beat nerds from Harvard…that being said most of us wouldn’t assume those felons would also win in a debate, against the reigning national champion Harvard Debate team.

According to this story being circulated, the felons did just that earlier this year.  Ill leave you to read the linked story to get more details, what I really want to point out here is that this is a perfect example of non-standard education beating out students from what most people consider to be the most prestigious and oldest institute of higher leaning in America.

You had a group of intelligent, highly motivated criminals, who worked very hard and take pride in what they do, and they wiped the floor with the best debate team in the nation.  They have apparently also beaten debate teams from university of Vermont and West Point.  These guy have to learn the old fashioned way, without the internet.  They can request books and other reference material, but it has to be vetted by the prison staff before they can use it, a process which can take weeks.

I think this is a great example of how motivated students with a desire to learn can outperform even students with elite resumes, from a world renowned university.

Former CEO of the third largest school system in the US to plead guilty to corruption

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In a story that is sure to surprise everyone nobody, the former CEO of Chicago Public Schools plans to plead guilty to awarding over $23MM in no bid contracts to “education” companies in return for kickbacks and bribes.  Rahm Emmanuel chose Barbara Byrd-Bennett to run CPS in 2012, and apparently she wasted very little time before the scheming began, according to prosecutors.  The embattled Chicago mayor reported back in 2012 that he was proud of his selection of Byrd-Bennett at a salary of $250k per year.  Dozens of schools have been closed since 2012 due to budget concerns.  Now we cant really say how much this scandal cost the school system, but according to the story they had enough to offer Byrd-Bennett a “signing bonus” worth 10% of the overall contract value, on top of the other perks she received over the years.  I wonder how many schools would still be open if that %2.5MM+ was still in the budget instead of being included in the no-bid contracts.

Here is the story on Yahoo News