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Re: “Governor's School blues

Killing Governor's School plays to both the anti-intellectualism of the GOP base and the elitism of those who finance the party.

The base wants to keep the "point chasers" in their place and the elites don't want these students competing with their kids.

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Posted by Jim Burton on 07/29/2011 at 9:13 AM

Re: “Governor's School blues

For the affluent kids who grow up in the cities, losing Governor's School isn't the worst thing in the world. They will find something else and go somewhere else. For those who grow up in rural areas, losing will be a severe blow to their futures.

I attended a similar program at the College of Charleston in South Carolina (which was sadly cancelled in 2008). I grew up in a small upstate South Carolina town. Although my school did have gifted students and gifted classes, there was nothing in my school or my town that showed students bigger and better things out there.

Governor's School changed me. It showed me that there were other people like me and that it was OK to be smart. It showed me there was a whole world out there that I hadn't experienced in my hometown. Yes, Governor's School is an investment, but the state is investing in its top students. If even a small fraction of them invest their talent in-state, they will more than pay for the program.

Yes, there are ways to save money: Perhaps consolidate the two schools and charge tuition to those who can afford it. But for the future of this state and its students, do NOT make the same mistake South Carolina did.

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Posted by Jim Burton on 07/29/2011 at 9:10 AM

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