Republican Governor AK ; nominee for Vice President All "winners" creates generation of entitled little whiners Everyone's into building their kids' self-esteem by telling them they're all "winners.
When we don't let them fail, when we tell them every average effort is superlative, we're keeping them from discovering that hidden strength. We may think we're helping them, but really we're holding them back. In fact, we may be creating a generation of entitled little whiners. I came across an article recently that reported how growing numbers of employers today complain that many young job applicants exhibit all the signs of having been--there's no other wor for it--spoiled.
These young people feel entitled to jobs and salaries they haven't earned. They have unrealistic views of their own capabilities. They don't take criticism well, and they demand lots of attention and guidance from their employers. America by Heart, by Sarah Palin, p. We increased education funding and committed to a billion dollars into "forward funding" education so that local school districts could know how much they could count on every year. We also increased school services for children with special needs and beefed up funding for public safety officers in rural villages.
But even with increased funding, I had made the largest veto totals in the state's history. It wasn't the easy path, but it was the right path. Going Rogue, by Sarah Palin, p. I believed in the evidence for microevolution--that species change occurs incrementally over time.
But I didn't believe in the theory that human beings originated from fish that sprouted legs. I believed we came about through a random process, but were created by God. I had just dared to mention the C-word: But I felt I was on solid factual ground. Never had Dad or anyone else convinced me that the earth had sprung forth conveniently stocked with the ingredients necessary to spontaneously generate life; in fact, I thought that idea flew in the face of the evidence I saw all around.
The talking heads began to parrot one line: The only time I had commented on sex education was in an answer to a gubernatorial candidate question asking whether I supported abstinence education versus "explicit" sex education in public schools--what some call the "slip a condom on a banana" show-and-tell curriculum.
Given the choice, I answered that I would support abstinence education over "explicit" sex-ed. I never said I didn't support contraception; I did. I also explained about being a longtime subscriber to the philosophy of Feminists for Life, a group of pro-life feminists who do not oppose contraception. Palin, unruffled and self-confident, said she got it. Did she disbelieve the theory of evolution? We now take the next step in our three-year education plan--to offer every young Alaskan--rural and urban--the opportunity to learn and work and succeed in the world.
Education is that high a priority. We'll focus on early learning, vo-tech and workforce development, an enhanced University, streamlined operations, we'll hold schools accountable, and we'll encourage opportunities for students with special needs. I say, too, with education, America needs to be putting a lot more focus on that and our schools have got to be really ramped up in terms of the funding that they are deserving.
Teachers needed to be paid more. I come from a house full of school teachers. We have got to increase the standards. No Child Left Behind was implemented.
We need flexibility in No Child Left Behind. We need to put more of an emphasis on the profession of teaching. Never tried to ban books in the Wasilla Library Q: Did you try to ban books in the Wasilla Library?
But I got a kick out of that one also. No desire to ban a book. To be accused of banning books, no. Did you only want to teach creationism in school and not evolution? I am a proponent of teaching both. And you know, I say this too as a daughter of a science teacher. A12 , Aug 30, Supports teaching intelligent design in public schools Palin is a conservative Protestant and has also been a member since of Feminists for Life, an anti-abortion group.
She has supported the teaching of intelligent design in public schools, alongside evolution. New York Times, pp. Our schools faced a higher bar in for the percentages of students who score proficient in language arts and math assessments.
Congratulations to the many schools that continue to improve in student achievement but may have fallen short in 1 or 2 of the 31 categories schools are held accountable for in NCLB. Every child provides this world hope. They are the most beautiful ingredient in our sometimes muddied up world.
I am committed to our children and their education. Our Three-year Education Plan invests more than a billion dollars each year. We must forward-fund education, letting schools plan ahead. We must stop pink-slipping teachers, and then struggle to recruit and retain them the next year. This is an investment that is needed to increase the base student allocation, district cost factors and intensive needs students. There is awesome potential to improve education and embrace choice for parents. This potential will prime Alaska to compete in a global economy.
Beyond high school, we will boost job training and University options. But it must be about more than funds, it must be a change in philosophy. But the state must be more aggressive in overseeing troubled school districts, the judge ruled, citing the Yupiit School District, one of the plaintiffs, in particular.
Our local school districts deserve to know what they have to work with early enough for them to create efficiencies through planning Source: Alaska We have no needs-based aid for Alaska students.
New Energy for Alaska , Nov 3, Forward-fund K schools to allow better planning I support adequate and full funding for education, as well as for pupil transportation and municipal school debt reimbursements. There must be recognition for increases in costs for energy, utilities, insurance, and salaries. We cannot go back to the day of simply ignoring inflation.
A centerpiece of my fiscal plan is to forward fund K School districts will be able to do a better job of planning their budgets for upcoming years if they know in advance the level of funding they can expect from Juneau. There are many successes out there that we can look to as models. My administration will support and expand existing programs that successfully offer new approaches to ensure an appropriate education for every child in Alaska.
New Energy for Alaska , Nov 3, Target early education programs to at-risk groups The State should target early education programs to specific at-risk groups that truly need them. These groups will benefit from access to high-quality programs currently out of their reach. We must find a way for these children to obtain a safe and positive environment in their early years. My administration will publish useful educational material for parents about children in their early years.
Alignment towards the common goal is built upon the values of respect for one another, our unique cultures and traditions, and our individual personal values. Here is how Alignment fits together: Children attend class ready to learn. Teachers are allowed to teach without distraction. Administrations sustain an environment where performance and options are valued. Business will help define the outcomes needed for employment.
Parents are the first educators. Teachers are responsible for providing a rich classroom environment. Administration is responsible to their community for costs, safety, and choice.
New Energy for Alaska , Nov 3, Faith-based materials ok in homeschooling Ideally, the purpose of administration is to ensure that our schools offer such choices to parents, students and teachers.
Choice in public education is a relatively new idea, but is already widely implemented. We see from our experience that innovation such as charter schools, homeschools, correspondence, Montessorri, and various other alternative schools have a broad appeal to parents, students, teachers and administrators.
There is still room to grow our choices to serve more families. I support and respect the rights of independent homeschoolers and those who partner with local and state-wide school districts. There must be equity in treatment of all homeschoolers in all programs across the state.
The use of privately-purchased, faith-based materials should not be a reason for withholding funding. The ABC method is a local program that depends strongly on these principles. ABC students have nightly homework, back to basics curriculum, patriotism, ethics and citizenship training.
Programs such as ABC have core principles of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship. New Energy for Alaska , Nov 3, Supports parental choice for what is best for their children Sarah Palin supports adequate funding for education and will work hard to provide more vocational and technical training to create good job opportunities for our youth.
Sarah Palin supports after school activities and guidance centers to give our youth hope and keep them off the streets. Sarah supports parental choice so that parents can choose what is best for their children -- vocational training, a public school, charter school, private school or home schooling.
Alaska Governor Debate: Anchorage Daily News follow-up , Oct 27, I believe we have a creator; and many theories of evolution Palin said she thought there was value in discussing alternatives.