Find your next job fast at the Jan. 28 Virtual Career Fair. Register now.
Education

Gov. Sarah Palin on Disabilities

By Christina A. Samuels — August 29, 2008 1 min read

No matter which party wins the White House this fall, it’ll be making history: the Democrats would be able to claim the first African-American president, and the Republicans could have the first female vice president.

Edweek’s Campaign K-12 blog has a entry on Gov. Sarah Palin’s education bonafides.

UPDATE: Here’s a link to Education Week’s web story on the selection, which delves more deeply into her education record.

Most intriguing for my professional interests is that Palin, a 44-year-old self-described “hockey mom,” PTA leader-turned-mayor-turned-governor, is also the mother of a 5-month-old with Down syndrome. (She has four other children, ages 18 to 7.)

Down syndrome is one of the most common chromosomal abnormalities; about one in every 733 babies is born with it. The syndrome causes varying degrees of cognitive delays, and also has some physical effects, like low muscle tone and congenital heart defects.

The conservative National Review praises McCain’s choice in an online column. One blog issued a challenge to Palin a few months ago, asking her to embrace health and education issues for children with disabilities.

There’s the possibility that just the very fact of her selection could provide needed education and sensitivity among the public--although her son would probably get more attention if he were a little bit older. He looked supremely unaware during her mother’s introduction to the public in Dayton, Ohio, today, snoozing peacefully in the arms of one of his sisters.

Then again, blogger Patricia Bauer said she already heard little Trig referred to as a “Down syndrome child.” Ugh. Sensitivity has a ways to go.

A version of this news article first appeared in the On Special Education blog.

Events

This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
How to Make Learning More Interactive From Anywhere
Join experts from Samsung and Boxlight to learn how to make learning more interactive from anywhere.
Content provided by Samsung
Teaching Live Online Discussion A Seat at the Table With Education Week: How Educators Can Respond to a Post-Truth Era
How do educators break through the noise of disinformation to teach lessons grounded in objective truth? Join to find out.
This content is provided by our sponsor. It is not written by and does not necessarily reflect the views of Education Week's editorial staff.
Sponsor
School & District Management Webinar
The 4 Biggest Challenges of MTSS During Remote Learning: How Districts Are Adapting
Leaders share ways they have overcome the biggest obstacles of adapting a MTSS or RTI framework in a hybrid or remote learning environment.
Content provided by Panorama Education

EdWeek Top School Jobs

Human Resources Manager
Madison, Wisconsin
One City Schools
Elementary Teacher - Scholars Academy
Madison, Wisconsin
One City Schools
Special Education Teacher
Chicago, Illinois
JCFS Chicago
Communications Officer
Chattanooga, Tennessee
Hamilton County Department of Education

Read Next

Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: January 13, 2021
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Obituary In Memory of Michele Molnar, EdWeek Market Brief Writer and Editor
EdWeek Market Brief Associate Editor Michele Molnar, who was instrumental in launching the publication, succumbed to cancer.
5 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: December 9, 2020
Here's a look at some recent Education Week articles you may have missed.
8 min read
Education Briefly Stated Briefly Stated: Stories You May Have Missed
A collection of articles from the previous week that you may have missed.
8 min read