So here we have an adorable picture or little Piper Palin. I have to admit, the kid is really cute. But shouldn’t someone be asking why these kids aren’t in school? (Except for the pregnant one, who presumably is “taking some time off” and will return for her GED). But here’s the AP caption for this photo:
Piper Palin leans into her mother Republican vice presidential running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, as Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., speaks at a rally at Green Memorial Stadium in Green, Ohio, Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2008.
It’s been a while since I was in elementary school, but uh, isn’t Wednesday a school day? And it’s not just Piper, either. The middle girl, Willow, has also been babysitting for stumping with mom rather than attending school. And the AP caption for this one reads:
Republican vice presidential candidate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, left with daughters Piper, right, and Willow, holding son Trig, arrive at a rally in Henderson, Nev., Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008.
Again, school day, no?
I suppose an argument could be made that this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and worthy of missed time in school. But we’re not talking about an extra few days of vacation here. These kids don’t seem to have been in school at all since the beginning of the school year.
What does that say about how much Palin values education?
I’m losing track now whether I’m elitist, socialist, liberal, feminist, or what. But I think it’s wrong to be dragging those kids around the country to hold the baby and wave to the cameras.
It’s just wrong.
(And by the way I did the same search for news photos of Malia and Sasha Obama and have come up with nothing. )
I was a middle school special education teacher, and I worked with some pretty dysfunctional families. When a parent kept their child out of school for their own personal reasons, say, so that they would have company when they went to play Bingo, (oh yes they did), or — as Governor Palin seems to be doing — to babysit, we called social services.