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Re: “N.C. Governor's School under pressure from anti-gay group

I attended Governor's School in 1999 at the West Campus site in Winston-Salem. That was nearly a decade ago and the "issue" of sexuality was not a focal point. However, being from a rural farming community in Eastern NC I was exposed to various opinions I had never encountered and was challenge to question things and draw my own conclusions. I wasn't memorizing facts for a test, but instead, be asked my own thoughts. American History X was shown as an optional film that summer, and I was really moved after seeing it. That is a movie that I would have never rented or watched on my own accord, but given the opportunity, I took it and gained knowledge. I am saddened that it has been pulled. Many experiences offered at Governor's School are optional, and those that are not allow these gifted teenagers to expand their thinking beyond the box. I hope that this valuable program survives this controversy. I learned so much that summer and it was the single most event in my high school career that truly prepared me for college and life after college. I suppose a person outside of the GS community would look in and be shocked about some topics covered (I was natural science and we looked at Human Growth Hormone and Cloning) but in the environment that is GS, it fits and it works.

Posted by pr31gal on 07/03/2008 at 8:02 AM

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