|I received two additional e-mail responses to this article as posted on my home page:|
Received January 8, 2006:
Over the past summer, I attended N.C. Governor's School West. Much the information you present in an article about this program entitled "Are Your Tax Dollars Working Against Your Values" is out of date. From my experience at Governor's School, while students were exposed to many liberal and radical ideas, these were not used to tell the students what was correct, but merely as a basis for discussion amongst the students. Additionally, while many of the art and music presentations were unconventional, they still were very interesting, bona fide productions unlike the radios you described. I do not believe that Governor's School pushed views on its students more than any other school.
While I certainly encountered numerous individuals at Governor's School with whom my ideals strongly differed, this did not serve to pull me toward their views but merely to support my my own. Furthermore, a person cannot grow up in a vacuum as a scientist my say. People are constantly influencing us as we grow no matter our environment; therefore, a person must learn to stand up for their beliefs even if others disagree with them. Such a person would see Governor's School not as a threat to their beliefs but an opportunity to strengthen their ability to explain their veiws.
Secondly, the abolishment of public school at the present, would have detrimental effects. In order for such a plan to succeed, all forms of welfare, food stamps, and unemployment benefits must first be done away with. Otherwise millions of uneducated and illiterate people would rely on these programs and allow the government to support them. Even then, there would a severe initial decline in education, which could detrimentally affect the work force and the economy. The number of people qualified for basic office and service jobs, which require basic education (ie office receptionist, cashier, salesman, etc.) woud greatly decrease.
Received April 20, 2007:
you, sir, are very wrong in your theory of governors school. i attended governors school in 2000, and id like to prove your ideas flawed. you are a fascist.
i am not overly liberal because of governors school. i also did not just "get through it." governors school affected me in every way, and each for the best. the children chosen to attend are chosen because they are intelligent. they are aware beliefs are not being forced upon them, and they have every right to choose to attend or not.
your ideas only appeal to children who are football stars, or bitter A+ nitwits. the people who get anything out of governors school are the people who appreciate life for what it is.
not you sir.
I thought I ought to mention these. I will invite these posters to comment here on this thread if they wish.