I had students like Palin, so probably did most teachers.
They never opened the book and never answered the assignment or exam questions – they were pure fakers. In college after a few weeks, once they found out that they were failin’ on account of that fakery, wink wink, they dropped my course and never showed up again.
See, everybody went to school and so everybody knew a faker who walked away and hid when they were found out.
But not Sarah Palin. She (like George W.) is different.
Palin is destructive to our culture and all that we worked to build up in our educational systems. She needs to be humiliated and the message driven home that nobody can fake their way to positions of responsibility in a society that rewards merit and hard work.
Will that happen? Yes and no. Yes among those who care about quality. No among the slacker populace that has spread under the Bush delusion.
And now - how do you understand the nearly 100% solid block of Bush-Palin backers in our Orthodox community?
This is a community that grew up out of academic blood sweat and tears – nobel prizes and 800 SATs; where knowledge of the Mishnah and Talmud and Codes and Commentaries and Responsa is valued above all wealth and the diligent study of Torah day and night is cherished above all activities.
Where did all that "respect for learning" go?