When I stumbled upon this article in the Indy this week it took me quite by surprise. How could one of this state's gleaming models of academic purity, a program formerly unscathed by human agendas and forced regulations be subjected to such a controversy? Those of us who have attended the Governor's School in North Carolina understand what an open, inviting and mentally stimulating experience it can be. To attempt to regulate this academic experience with a clearly biased point-of-view goes against everything the Governor's School stands for. The entire purpose of this school is to open minds to all points-of-view, regardless of their previous conceptions. It is a place, defined by the program's own website, "where teachers and students form a community while searching together for answers to challenging questions." To censor films, discussion and instruction whose only intention is to present these challenging questions for thought cultivates a fundamental and immediate undermining of the school's core values. What then becomes the point of this program if it is regulated in the same fashion as a public school, and is bullied out of adhering to its own objective? It is my sincere hope that this article exposes the importance of action against this blatant prejudice, and that the Governors School may continue to serve as the pure ideal of free thought for students in the state of North Carolina: as it has always intended to be.
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