Skip to comments.Testimony of parent whose son committed suicide [1 of 4] after attending the Ark. Gov.'s School
Posted on 09/25/2002 11:51:24 AM PDT by Aquinasfan
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Viewed through this lens, these governor's schools' purpose becomes obvious: they are ideological camps for the elite liberals to propagandize children. The purpose of the schools is to remove the children from outside support systems and then essentially brainwash them with the whole hideous circus of political correctness. They learn to doubt everything that they've been taught about their culture, religion, and nation. And into that doubt is placed a combination of radical relativism and socialist dogma.
Notice also the recurring theme from the kids that they now feel "elite" after what they've learned....and that their old friends and family are "simple" and "superficial". One of the ways which the liberals have propagated their philosophy (esp at the Ivy League universities) is to pose their ideology as much more "sophisticated" than the surrounding country. This has a natural appeal to young people....who like to feel that they are "hip" and "on the cutting edge". Now that they've adpoted this worldview, they rise above all others around and are members of the blessed annointed (Hillary has been caught in this stage of lefty development for several decades).
Frankly, the whole description of these schools reminds me of my freshman orientation at Brown. The liberals have this gig down to a science.
It does now. Here's the site for the North Carolina Governor's School Summer Program. Here's how they describe Area II and Area III:
Area IISounds like the same program that ran in Arkansas in 1992. Sounds like a job for a good investigative reporter. No one is on to these things.
Each student attends another class comprised of students from each of the Area I disciplines. Here students and teachers explore connections between and among these disciplines. As integrative concepts emerge, the class attempts to construct an understanding of contemporary ways of thinking and of the culture that arises from them.
This third class is also comprised of students from each of the Area I disciplines. Here students attempt to ground what they are learning in their Area I and II classes in their own personal experience. Finally, they apply that understanding to their social worlds.
Thanks for your comments so far. More Q's:
What have you heard about the kid who committed suicide?
Had you heard any complaints from parents about their children's behavior after leaving?
Whoa. One mind blown.
I wasn't aware of this angle. I can see how this would be very seductive for high schoolers. I remember how insecure I was at that age and how important positive reinforcement from faculty was to me. It's frightening to remember how utterly naiive I was. There but for the grace of God go I.
It looks to me like they are choosing the best and brightest for indoctrination, the future leaders of our country.
Everyone reading this should be VERY frightened for the future of our country. I wasn't even aware of the exsistance of this school and I venture to say most people aren't.
I saw the video in '92 but thought that the only Governor's School was in Bill Clinton's Arkansas. Apparently, that school was the tip of the iceberg.
To everyone, please e-mail your friends linking them to this thread calling special attention to post #59. It wouldn't hurt to forward this to any reporters that you might know either. This is ripe for an investigative report.
Time for some research.
Personal & Social Dynamics CurriculumIt's tough to read between the lines of this educratese, but this sounds rather ominous to me.
Frank Corley, PSD Coordinator, Missouri Scholars
Academy & other members of MSA faculty and staff "Personal and Social Dynamics" ("PSD") is a curriculum put together by the Missouri Scholars Academy ("MSA") and intended to address a number of key developmental issues that teenagers -- especially ones who are "gifted" -- confront in secondary schools, in families, in communities, and in relationships. The fact that Governor's Schools are "residential" schools, where students are part of virtual families and real communities, and, thanks, in part, to the accepting and tolerant environment established by Governors Schools, become involved in a range of both short-term and long-term relationships -- provides an obvious opportunity to see the immediate contexts of the topics raised in PSD. Key to the success of PSD is the teamwork of a "residential assistant" and a "faculty member" who co-facilitate each portion of the curriculum. This NCoGS session will focus on one typical day from the 2002 MSA PSD curriculum but will also allow audience members to understand the overall curriculum.
"Thanks, in part, to the accepting and tolerant environment established by Governors Schools, [students] become involved in a range of both short-term and long-term relationships -- provid[ing] an obvious opportunity to see the immediate contexts of the topics raised in PSD."
Or, "let's experiment on some kids for fun." Ever wonder why they call these things educational laboratories?
This is news to me; I haven't thought of Governor's School in years.
In 1987, I was nominated by my art teacher to attend NC Governor's School West at Salem College.
I did not make the cut... this makes me glad.
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Name: Daniel Hocutt
What kind of resources are programs developing or considering as a response to the tragedies of September 11 and the ongoing fear that anthrax scares are generating? At the Governor's School for Humanities and Visual & Performing Arts at the University of Richmond, some of the Humanities faculty develop a course last year (2001) called "Head to Head and Worlds Apart." The course examined the question, "What happens when cultures collide?" and studied several cultures and movements, including the Taliban, to foster appreciation for the difficult plight many people experience. They were even able to bring in a teen Afghan regugee to meet with the students and share his horrific experiences. How serendipitous and tragic at the same time! I am working to get a copy of their syllabus available online for others to share.
Here is a copy of the course's description.
"What happens when cultures collide? In this course we will consider the ramifications of cultural contact, conflict, and change through the lens of historical perspective and future projection. We will have the opportunity to come face to face with survivors of cultural clashes from such venues as Afghanistan and West Africa. Through field trips and reading we will look far afield at the tragedy of the Holocaust and reflect upon the legacy of cultural divide within our own country.[!] From contemporary headlines we will select, research, and compile case studies to be presented to a Model World Court."
Nothing to see here. Move along.
Name: Chris Campolo
I think a model world court is an excellent idea for GS. I wonder how to set it up so that we do not receive "rulings" which merely reflect prevailing sentiments (anger and patriotism, here, anyway). Any ideas?
TN Governor's Schools cancelled
Name: Steve Jones
All seven of the Governor's Schools in TN have been cancelled by our Governor due to the politics of fighting over the creation of a state income tax. Some of these schools have been in existence for 18 years. We are looking at a well over $500 million shortfall in state revenues this year. The arts and education were the first to go. The Governor's Schools were cut by the Governor in a $15 million cut to education. You can find out more by checking out the link on our homepage at http://www.gsfta.org. Please stay on top of your state politicians to keep this from happening to you.
I read this article about a month ago at the encouragement of another Freeper. My first reaction was that it sounded like Pol Pot's regime. Very scary indeed!
I know no more than what I have just written, but it seems to me that someone in the schools are identifying who they consider the best and brightest and are indoctrinating them quietly behind closed doors. ALL the parents I know whose children are in these classes are delighted. It is a badge of honor for them, as well it should if we could be sure that no nefarious goal was at work. I happen to think otherwise.
I went to a geography class Tuesday night in a local community college and the professor showed us satellite images proving the probable existence of the Biblical Garden of Eden. I nearly fell out of my chair. Not only did he make his argument with scientific evidence, he started it with the presumption that the Bible is real and literal. I've been in and out of schools for a number of years and this is one of the few times I've ever seen this happen. I had to think what a wonderful lesson this was for the young people in there who had probably consistently been told that there is no absolute truth!
I know the gun I hold at my head is real, and I have the strength to put it down.
Not an amazing poem, but I LOVE these last few lines.
Unfortunatley, many did not have the strength to put down the weapon of mental destruction and took it to its logical conclusion; death.