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NEA: Palin is 'Pleasant Surprise'


The National Education Association sent out a statement this weekend on Sen. John McCain's decision to tap Gov. Sarah Palin of Alaska as his running mate.

Reg Weaver, the president of the NEA, was relatively complimentary of Palin, especially given that his union has endorsed McCain's Democratic opponent, Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois. Still, the press release could be called a back-handed compliment. It praised Palin's commitment to public education, while simultaneously calling attention to her scant time in the governor's mansion:

“While she is only in her second year as Alaska’s governor, she has thus far shown herself to be a supporter of children and public education. She comes from a family of educators. Her father was a teacher, her brother is a teacher, and her mother was an education support professional. In her less than two years as the state’s chief executive officer, she was able to increase per-pupil education spending, and she is opposed to sending public money to support private schools through political schemes like vouchers.Her selection, however, has certainly taken the issue of experience off the table for political debate.”

--Alyson Klein


She may have been a help in her support of education - but there are a couple of science areas that raise red flags:

"Palin thinks creationism should be taught in public schools"

"She's doesn't think humans are the cause of climate change"

Please read the whole article on Creationism debate. She is not hard core pushing for including it in curricula. Just thinks it fine to discuss if a student brings it up as opposed to shutting down any dialogue. Great opportunity for debate.

Please note the article from the AP. " Palin called for teaching creationism alongside evolution in Alaska's public schools." :

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