Now at Yale, she credits Governor’s Honors Program with expanding her mind and world. It’s about to go away.

A longstanding summer enrichment program for high achieving Georgia high school students loses funding next year year under a Senate vote. As you might imagine, the suspension of the popular Governor’s Honors Program is sparking many complaints, but none as elegant as this one from Yale student Annie Wang.

The Governor's Honors Program offers talented high school seniors a fully funded summer of enrichment education at a college campus. Funding is about to be halted.

The Governor's Honors Program offers talented high school students a fully funded summer of enrichment education at a college campus. (This is an art student in the 2006 GHP class.) Funding is about to be halted.

By the way, if you wonder what work ethic it takes to get into Yale;  Annie wrote this e-mail at 1 a.m. I read it this morning at 7:30 and sent her a note that I would like to use it. Within 30 minutes, I had a revised copy from her. There is a lot of posturing on this blog about the inherent failings of “government schools.”  But there are many schools producing brilliant students. Annie is one example.

I graduated from Walton High School in Cobb County last year, and I’m currently a freshman at Yale University. I’ve been reading your “Get Schooled” blog for the past couple of years, and I wanted to bring an issue to your attention.

For the past 40 years, Georgia has funded a summer program called the Governor’s Honors Program that is designed “to provide gifted high school students a summer program of challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year.” Students are selected from schools across the state in a very competitive process in a variety of disciplines, from math to music, science to social studies, dance to design.  I attended GHP in the summer of 2007 as a Social Studies major (Soc Stud, if you will) and math minor.

As a Soc Stud, I took classes every day in subjects like a study of the year 1968, the economy of Africa, early Christian heresy, childhood attachment and bonding, and so much more. While this might just sound like normal school with weirder classes, the remarkable thing about GHP was that it didn’t really have classes, and it wasn’t really a school. Rather, GHP was a starting point for the pursuit our own interests. It allowed us to veer from the curriculum or rather, design our own.

Every single major at GHP has some kind of final presentation of a project that they work on independently for an extended period of time. Science majors present research. Music majors put on concerts. Dance majors have a recital. Math majors play probability games. Agricultural majors milk a cow (and present their research).

As for us soc studs? We put on a history fair!

One day a week, we soc studs were given free rein in the library to pursue a research topic of our choice. One student researched the special relationship between the United States and Great Britain. Another researched the influence of Pokémon on pop culture in the 1990s. (As I said, free rein.) My group researched the religious basis of the Israeli Palestinian conflict.

We interviewed local religious leaders, scoured online databases, and even hit the microfiche machines once or twice. By the end of the six weeks, we produced 3 tri-boards, a giant timeline, a brief video, and an architectural model of a mosque and a synagogue, mosque-o-gogue for short. (I’ve attached two pictures of our final report.)

The experience of producing the product was illuminating in and of itself. Believe it or not, GHP was the first time I had ever gathered primary sources for any kind of history paper. It was the first time I ever read an academic paper on history. It was the first time I had pursued even the rudiments of independent research.

So why did I do it? GHP doesn’t have tests. GHP doesn’t have grades. Instead, we have peer pressure—the good kind, that is. Six hundred students attend GHP every year, and these students are some of the talented and most passionate people I’ve ever met. GHPers challenge one another to be the best that they can be, and maybe even beyond what we our best is.

(Think my final project was elaborate? One student built a replica of a New York subway entrance, to scale.) My fellow GHPers, as well as the experience of GHP itself, taught me about research, initiative, and spontaneity in academia. It certainly pushed me farther intellectually than I had ever gone before.

But it was actually just one question, posed by an administrator no less, that pushed me over the edge.

We had been warned about the academic supervisor of GHP. He would wear a Salazar Slytherin T-shirt to show just how scary he really was. I remember the group had picked me to talk to him about our project, and my teacher had warned that he liked to quiz students. At first, the questions were easy. “How was the modern state of Israel founded?” “Describe the religious differences between Judaism and Islam.” I thought I had it in the bag; after all, these were more-or-less factual questions. They had an answer, and I could produce those answers. Or so I thought.

“Well, how would you solve it?”

“Solve what?”

“The Israeli-Palestinian conflict. How would you solve it?”

I had no idea how to answer. I had no idea that I, a 16-year-old girl from Marietta who had never been the Middle East in her life, was even vaguely qualified to give an answer. I don’t remember my answer from that night, but I remember the question. I remember because that question marked the first time I had been challenged to do something. It was the first time that I thought of myself as someone who could do something, who really could have something to offer to the world. I’m sure, in the abstract, every high school student wants to change the world, but until I attended GHP, I never thought that I actually could.

But if I hadn’t attended GHP, if I hadn’t done the research, if I hadn’t met all these great kids, if I hadn’t been given the opportunity to pursue my wildest interests — I wouldn’t be able to change the world.

And that’s the thing with GHP — it pushes you beyond your own limits. It challenges you in every way, to rise up to the talent of those around you and beyond. If I hadn’t attended GHP, if I hadn’t performed independent research, if I hadn’t chased my wildest interests, if I hadn’t met all these great kids—I wouldn’t be where I am today. I wouldn’t be who I am today.

I wouldn’t be a student who recognizes all the problems of the world and wants to fix them. I wouldn’t be studying sociology with the intent to research and produce legislative policy one day. GHP is an educational experience that epitomizes the purpose of education: to prepare you for life. If it were up to me, every student would attend GHP, and our state would be so much the better for it.  Imagine a generation of youth who are passionately devoted to finding a solution to social problems and, moreover, believe themselves capable of doing so. Just imagine how Georgia would benefit, how the country would benefit.

Unfortunately, the Georgia Senate lacks that imagination.

This week, they passed a proposed budget for 2011 that eliminates the Governor’s Honors Program and end its 40 year tradition of excellence. I vehemently oppose any legislation that will suspend funding for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program. I stand with thousands of alumni when I say that canceling the program entirely will be devastating for the state, the Department of Education, and, most importantly, thousands of Georgia’s brightest and most talented high school students.

Now we’re left with a final question: How do you solve it? How do you save GHP?

Over 1,800 GHP alumni have signed an online petition. Please sign this petition and contact your local representative to protest cuts in funding for GHP.  Do it for the sake of the kids. Do it for the sake of the future.

138 comments Add your comment

HSteacher

April 22nd, 2010
1:23 pm

What a beautifully written letter- Governor’s Honors is a stellar program that legislators should not terminate. If we destroy GHP, our top students will lack the motivation to grow and learn inside and outside the classroom environment. Most of my Advanced Placement students strive to earn a GHP nomination– and even after they earn the nomination, the students go through a rigorous, three-tiered application/interview process. It is an honor for students to achieve and one of the top programs our state offers for secondary education.

Way to go, “Sonny Don’t.” This state continually disappoints me– merit pay in the last days of the legislative session + GHP elimination makes for one unhappy high school teacher.

Elizabeth

April 22nd, 2010
1:47 pm

The only claim to stellar education for public schools that Georgia has and they are cutting it. What does that say about Sonny and the legislature and their view of educaton?

DeKalb Educated

April 22nd, 2010
1:48 pm

Looks like we need to march on the Capitol steps to save this program. How can Sonny and Co. be so short-sighted and stupid?

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LSH

April 22nd, 2010
1:59 pm

As sad as it is to say, I’m glad that these cuts to education are finally being felt by students and their parents. Up until now, all the cut have been felt by teachers alone. Students and parents do not suffer when teachers’ pay is frozen or cut, when they take furlough days, when they have to pay for supplies out of their own money, when the county is no longer paying into the dental plan or when they can’t make copies or even have a coffee pot. It’s only when these kinds of programs are cut- GHP or the music program in Fulton County that all the parents get up in arms and do something about it. I’ve said it before, we are cutting to the bare bone and beyond and yet sports programs are still not being touched.

Myra

April 22nd, 2010
2:05 pm

I was a GHP student (’93 – Comm. Arts). What a sad state of affairs this is. It was a deep honor to have been selected for the program. I can’t believe it’s come to this.

Stephen

April 22nd, 2010
2:06 pm

I can honestly say my summer in GHP in 2001 was one of the best and most enriching experiences of my life. The many friends I made that summer have gone on to be some of my most valuable connections to this very day. It will be sad to see such a fantastic and well run program eliminated. I really feel sorry for the next generation of Georgia’s brightest and most motivated students who will not have the opportunity that I was given to build long lasting foundations to help them succeed in whatever endeavours they wish to pursue.

Hank Rearden

April 22nd, 2010
2:11 pm

Annie’s arms are huge!

decaturparent

April 22nd, 2010
2:11 pm

LSH – Well, everyone ’round these parts knows that football games are more important than challenging our best and brightest students. Remember… this is GEORGIA!!!! – not a civilized state.

Bubba

April 22nd, 2010
2:16 pm

In 1968, I was the first student from my rural high school to attend GHP. The program opened my eyes and many doors for me. It had a profoundly positive impact on my entire life. Many years later I was delighted when my son’s girlfriend attended and found it similarly stimulating. I am profoundly saddened that our legislators are so short-sighted as to kill this program that has enriched the lives and careers of so many high achieving
Georgia youth since 1964. It is a dark day for our state and yet another symptom of the deeply anti-intellectual tone of Georgia politics today.

Lindsey Brown

April 22nd, 2010
2:24 pm

I have been a student (1996), RA (2001), instructor (2009). Even though I will be staying home with family this summer, GHP means a lot to me. I’m not ready to give up on it, and I hope you aren’t either. It seems like a small number of Georgians, but it has touched so many more. It can still be saved, but from now on you MUST let your elected officials know how great it is EVERY YEAR. The Appropriations Committee in both the Georgia House and Senate would like to hear from you directly in support of this program. All of their emails are on the General Assembly’s website.

C.T.F. (controversial type feller)

April 22nd, 2010
2:30 pm

Wondering why the program was cut? That picture sez it all!

Madlyn Murray O'Hair

April 22nd, 2010
2:34 pm

Forthunately, the best and brightest generally have strong support from parents, teachers and others and find a way to develop and utilize their abilities. Nevertheless I was deeply saddened when funding for my daughter’s gifted prgram in middle school was redirected to Spec Ed and ESOP classes. The tragic reality is that few people can recognize this as a gross misapplication of scarce resources. As a child I was excited and stimulated while our nation aimed for and attained the moon. Today we aim only for universal mediocrity, a goal we are rapidly attaining.

Edugator

April 22nd, 2010
2:35 pm

No one would dream of cutting programs for special needs children, which would simply be morally wrong. The kids who go to GHP are “special needs” kids too. I hope someone in the legislature gets the message and saves this valuable program

Grace

April 22nd, 2010
2:38 pm

The best part of all this is that the Georgia government is allowing millions upon millions of dollars in cuts towards our education system, but they’re going to allowing our govenor to spend millions upon millions on a horse barn in his hometown. Does that make any sense at all?

Reality

April 22nd, 2010
2:40 pm

Honestly, GA is so messed up. Fund advanced technology video tape for football, but cut GHP. Oh, and by the way, we have to fire teachers so our class sizes in middle and high school will be like college auditorium classes.

However, we need to improve our standardized test scores, right?

And, we still fully expect schools to be the ones to really parent the kids. And, schools still must be the community standard-bearer. And, schools must be the ones to teach students that drugs are bad. And, schools also really need to help reduce teen pregnancy.

Have I covered everything?

Why?

April 22nd, 2010
2:41 pm

Oh cry me a river!

as LSH stated

“As sad as it is to say, I’m glad that these cuts to education are finally being felt by students and their parents. Up until now, all the cut have been felt by teachers alone.”

Time to share the pain!

Goose

April 22nd, 2010
2:49 pm

For those not wanting to see the program cut, are you willing to donate or pay your own way? There are plenty of programs like Governor’s Honors but they require the parents / students to invest their own money. But everyone is looking for the state to pay for everything. It’s time to carry your own weight.

Proud Black Man

April 22nd, 2010
2:50 pm

@ C.T.F. (controversial type feller)

“Wondering why the program was cut? That picture sez it all!”

Why pray tell?

Dana Kling

April 22nd, 2010
2:51 pm

Annie,

Thank you for your eloquence and passion; as a teacher of the gifted (and yes, they are just as special as special education students), the loss of GHP is so disheartening.

As the powers-that-be continue to demonize public schools with their transparent semantic-shift “government schools,” it was a blessing to read this testament. I hope our legislators do, too.

MannyT

April 22nd, 2010
2:58 pm

At the end of the analysis, where we cut identifies what we value.

For all of the talk about bringing comapnies with good jobs to the state, it is the actions of the state that tell others what we believe is important. This cut sends a bad message to the high performing students and the companies that consider relocating to Georgia.

For those that say this is a part of sharing the pain, keep in mind that the politicians, did not vote to shrink the program. They voted to eliminate it. Last I checked, many of us have been asked to do with less or take on more responsibility. The GHP is set to go away.

I think it is a bad idea and a stunning statement of how little it is valued.

I would go further to guess that many students selected for GHP would give up their HOPE scholarship in exchange for the GHP experience. Somehow, I think they will get scholarship money from other sources if they are our best and brightest.

Toni

April 22nd, 2010
3:05 pm

My daughter was a participant in this program and what a difference it makes. Stellar students from all over Georgia learn from wonderful instructors and one another. Very unfortunate that our really smart politicians punish the students that work “extra” hard to qualify for this program. As bad as our education system looks, you would think they would want to make the program even more attractive. Oh yeah, you can’t judge a book always by the cover. Program covers many disciplines. Don’t be a hater! Most students in the state don’t make the cut. So what do we do with the cream now? I know, just throw it away.

Susan

April 22nd, 2010
3:06 pm

Where can I go to find out how my state senator voted on this issue?

John

April 22nd, 2010
3:09 pm

Sports programs in Geoirgia high schools are not funded with tax dollars. Let’s put that myth to bed. Funds to run those programs come from gate receipts, Booster Club fundraising and parent contributions. And, yes, sports programs are suffering financially to the same degree that every other program is suffering.

Allen

April 22nd, 2010
3:10 pm

Goose–
So should parents of special ed students be required to pay their own way as well? To “carry their own weight” rather than requiring he state to pay? One could make a purely, coldly, economic argument that GHP is a better long-term investment than special ed.

Before I get flamed, no I am NOT actually suggesting special ed be cut, but GHP kids are, as some have stated, no less important than special ed (or for that matter ’student athletes’, horse barns or fishing holes)

MiltonMan

April 22nd, 2010
3:11 pm

Most of you here sound like whiny little pests who expect the state to pay everything for your child. My son (junior in high school) will be doing a shadowing mentor program with the intentions of majoring in pre-dental then becoming a dentist. This will cost the state absolutely nothing. Why don’t you look into something like this instead of a hand-out from the state???

CommArts2008

April 22nd, 2010
3:13 pm

@ BIG NICK

Why would you say something like that? All the people in the state causing trouble are black or Latino? Really, this forum should be to discuss solutions or to display your discontent or approval of the content at hand, i.e. Annie’s letter. And also think about your statement. The majority of students at GHP were not of the “dominant” race in this country. GHP is about a blending of ideas and intellectual capabilities regardless of races. Thoughts like the one you present are probably key to the reason why this state can’t and possibly never will move forward. Oh yeah, and it’s spelled “intact” not “intacted”.

The Cynical White Boy

April 22nd, 2010
3:16 pm

Too bad more Governor’s Honors alumni are not in the State House.

Wait a minute….why aren’t there more Governor’s Honors Alumni in the State House?….Uh….interesting.

Hee hee hee.

Not Impressed

April 22nd, 2010
3:16 pm

I was denied access to this program in high school. I was interviewed by a three person panel in the “SOC STUD” area and was not given any insight as to what I was being “judged” on. I was probably undone by the fact that I did not agree with one of the interviewers that the Battle of Tours was the single most important military victory in history. Anyway, I came away feeling that it was probably a good program but that getting into it was “all politics.” I am kinda happy to see it “die by its own sword” so to speak. And as for complaining about the politicians cutting a program for hardworking kids – better to cut something reserved for the privileged that take away what is needed by the rest of us. BTW – I turned out just fine without GHP.

Well, well, well.

April 22nd, 2010
3:18 pm

Proud Black Man, I hate to tell you but most of the students in the program didn’t share your skin color.

Kegger

April 22nd, 2010
3:20 pm

I would much rather have the state spend that money on teaching illegal immigrants basic english skills so that their graffiti in Gwinnett county is spelled correctly when they join up with their gangs.

Steven Q. Stanley

April 22nd, 2010
3:21 pm

Those of you with children, or whoever, are more than welcome to pool your resources and send these kids wherever you want. Why is it you people think you can only accomplish anything with government intervention and tax dollars. Get together, eat out less, maybe cancel that vacation this year, and put your money together to send these kids where you want.

Stop sitting around whining for tax money to take care of you. Time to wake up, Big Government has bankrupted us locally and federally. The days of waiting for a government check are over. People are going to have to learn to act as a community, sans government.

Soc Stud '98

April 22nd, 2010
3:22 pm

Thank you for sharing this with us–I hadn’t heard about it yet.

I didn’t go to a high-achieving high school. I never attended summer camps designed to give me an edge in my studies. When I went to college, MannyT, I had the HOPE scholarship and one small, privately-funded award from my high school to take with me.

I am the product of Gifted Education in Georgia public schools, dedicated and caring teachers, a loving family–and my time at GHP.

It was at GHP where I found people who thought like me, got excited about learning, and who saw intelligence as a gift and a challenge, rather than something to hide from one’s peers.

It was at GHP where I made bonds that lasted through our senior year, into college, and remain strong even as adults.

It was the confidence in myself that I discovered there that gave me the courage to dream big dreams, take chances, and pursue a life less ordinary.

I’m not in Georgia anymore, but my roots run deep there. . . and it breaks my heart to think that we would allow them to remove what has been so tremendous a springboard to success for so many.

I don’t know if we can help save it, but I owe it to my fellow Georgians to try.

fultonschoolsparent

April 22nd, 2010
3:26 pm

I’ve seen dozens of students, including my own son, go through this program. It was life changing for every single one of them. The vast majority of those I know who attended GHP have gone on to attend all the major colleges nationally. Those who have pointed out that this is one of the high points of the Georgia educational system are exactly correct.

North Fulton Parent

April 22nd, 2010
3:29 pm

I agree that cutting education is going to have many repercussions, especially when we cut off opportunities for the best and brightest in our state. Although personally I have no issue with making GHP privately funded with scholarship assistance for the most needy, anything of this nature is mainly going to mean that students from more affluent backgrounds will have greater opportunities, regardless of merit.

And MiltonMan, I am wondering if you send your child to the public schools in North Fulton? If so, isn’t it a bit hypocritical to attack others for participating in a public education program? I would be willing to bet that most students in GHP come from families that pay a rather substantial amount in taxes every year.

Tough to swallow but Republicans rule

April 22nd, 2010
3:30 pm

Terrific letter and yes it is a terrific program that really gets our top notch kids ready for their chosen majors. But let’s face it…the Republican Party overall is generally against all forms of taxation or restrictions on business of any type. This downturn in the economy just gives them the political leverage to use the economy as an excuse to cut programs, jobs, etc that they have wanted to slash for years. I know for a fact that the Republican Party of Texas several years ago when Bush was Governor and lasting through his stint as President had the abolition of the minimum wage as its #2 Goal. I notice they have gotten rid of that statement since it hurt them in several statewide offices but that certainly shows the mindset of these conservatives. Social Security and minimum wage have both been the targets of Republicans but luckily every now and then the Democrats gain control just long enough to give poor people and elderly a boost.

Its a shame that Conservatives generally attack Public education almost as vigorously!

DeeDee

April 22nd, 2010
3:37 pm

LSH ~ Personally, I think teachers should work 12 months a year! You get plenty of vacation/breaks. Come to the business world and work and don’t give me any crap that we make more. That’s not always true. I do have a suggestion, get rid of some of the administration at each school. Seriously, why do you need 6 assistant principals at one school, who are the top of the pay scale? That would certainly save some expenses and jobs!

MC UGA

April 22nd, 2010
3:48 pm

Governor’s Honors Program 1973 was the best thing the state educational system ever did for me — it may be, in large part, the reason I stayed in Georgia. Whenever we cut the top level of Georgia’s higher education system, we drive Georgia’s most talented people to other states.

To the person complaining about teachers having too many vacations: (1) We don’t get paid in the summers if we aren’t teaching summer school. (2) A high-school teacher’s workday is about 12 hours. Besides 7 or so hours in the school building, teachers have to do grading and preparation. How long would you have to prepare to give a 1-hour speech to a civic group? Consider preparing for 5 to 7 hours of public speaking per day, every day. Nine months of 12-hour workdays should be enough for most people.

TEcHie

April 22nd, 2010
3:53 pm

Very great letter. I remember when I went to GHP for chemistry. One of the best decisions I have ever made. It truly opens your mind and challenges you to excel. Now I am an aerospace engineering major at GT and I alternate work with a fortune 500 defense contractor with classes and research in a lab on campus. And this is only my second year in college. This program was a major contributor to my success and I am sad to see it go.

Dee

April 22nd, 2010
4:01 pm

“It’s time to carry your own weight.”
I could not agree more and I have said so on this blog before. Anything outside of standard educational opportunity should be the responsibility of the students (and their parents) who want to partake. As I have previously stated, my son has trouble with math so I used to pay a commercial tutor and now I pay a teacher at his school to tutor him twice per week. I would never expect the school district to provide this extra help. The district provides a teacher for a math class in his grade level — if he can’t seem to learn that way then I have to step up and take care of it. Sorry SpEd parents, but equal access should not mean expensive special treatment — if you want someone to help your child get around all day then either you need to provide that someone or you need to be there yourself. Sound cold? Sorry, but the world is not all warm and mushy. Don’t want to pay for your child to attend a field trip — your kid stays back at the school (what a novel concept — oh wait, that was the way they did it when I was a kid). I think that it is great that your son wants to play football — there is a store down the street that sells the equipment and the cost for the bus service for teh season is $X…thanks for playing. Families have to learn to prioritize — and I don’t want to hear whining about how so many cannot put food on the table because at least in my district that is BS. People just don’t want to pay their own way.

Dana Kling

April 22nd, 2010
4:04 pm

Dear DeeDee,

Please teach for a year or two before you make such comments. I have worked in the “regular world” and, wow, it is a much different place. You’re right. I worked half as hard and made as much. WOOHOO. But that’s not what I was meant to do.

Thank you for your advice, though. :)

D

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incredulous

April 22nd, 2010
4:11 pm

But the question is, if you save GHP, what will you cut instead? The education budget crisis isn’t just about GHP, it’s about every education program we’ve got.

I personally wouldn’t object to a tax increase, but that’s completely out of the question. The state legislature and probably the voters are adamantly opposed.

Under the circumstances, considering what else is being cut, I regretfully think we can do without GHP, at least for a few years.

Dee

April 22nd, 2010
4:20 pm

“But the question is, if you save GHP, what will you cut instead? ”

How about still having it out there as an option and just putting a price tag on it for students who want to participate and meet the criteria to do so? Business organizations who are concerned that certain elements of society will not be able to afford to attend can sponsor or offer scholarships. Parents who want their gifted children to attend can decide how best to pay for it – family budget (OMG!), scholarship, borrow money, sell baked goods and mow lawns, whatever. State can ascertain the cost of running the program and how many students they can accept at what price and then interview and throw the offer out to those students who qualify and say “the first X qualifiers with $Y can attend.” Simple, actually.

MC UGA

April 22nd, 2010
4:21 pm

Incredulous, you’re absolutely right — the cancellation of GHP saddens me greatly, and I hope it can come back in a year or two, but right now it is not as essential as keeping the schools and colleges open for the regular programs. My point was simply that any educational cut has hidden costs in the long run.

Spacey

April 22nd, 2010
4:26 pm

My husband and I were discussing that if someone offered a summer camp of this nature, would anyone send their kids?
A camp where critical thinking was encouraged and you didn’t teach a test all day.

Hank Rearden

April 22nd, 2010
4:36 pm

“Families have to learn to prioritize — and I don’t want to hear whining about how so many cannot put food on the table because at least in my district that is BS. People just don’t want to pay their own way”

And you would end up paying more when these children end up on assistance or in jail. Call it what it is – you don’t give a rat’s backside about anybody but yourself.

Perfect republican Christian!

MC UGA

April 22nd, 2010
4:36 pm

Spacey: Summer camps of this kind are offered by many universities. They’re expensive. Private schools generally get lots of brochures for them, so ask at any private high school if you’d like to find out more. What stands out about GHP is that you don’t have to be rich to go there!

GHP alum

April 22nd, 2010
4:40 pm

Reflecting on my own experience of early GHP (in the early 1970s) vs. what I’ve heard from students later, I wonder if GHP still does as much good as it originally did. Way back then, GHP was full of students who were profoundly grateful for it and were very serious about their studies. Some time in the 80s a “party school” culture began to form — GHP began to have people who didn’t seem so serious — and “resume building” became important in high school, so people went to GHP to have it on their resume rather than because they really wanted it. Is that other people’s impression? I know GHP was great, but were the early years (pre-1980) especially golden?

Dee

April 22nd, 2010
4:42 pm

@Hank. Is that your argument? That we shouldn’t force families to prioritize and pay some of the actual cost of educating their children? That society should give them a pass because if we don’t those children might wind up on assistance or in jail? Exactly how long do you expect the responsible people in this country to subsidize those who are not? BTW, I am neither republican nor christian.