In last night’s Vice Presidential Debate, education and teaching got a mention, briefly.
We report, you decide:
1:10 – Gov. Palin:
I know that education you are passionate about. And with your wife being a teacher for 30 years — and God bless her; her reward is in heaven, right? 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 — a house full of schoolteachers. My grandma was. My dad, who’s in the audience today, he’s a schoolteacher, had been for many years. My brother, who I think is the best school teacher in the year — and here’s a shout out to all those third graders at Gladys Wood Elementary School. You get extra credit for watching this debate. (Laughter.)Education in America has been, in some sense, in some of our states, just accepted to be a little bit lax. And we have got to increase the standards. No Child Left Behind was implemented, is not doing the job, though. We need flexibility in No Child Left Behind.We need to put more of an emphasis on the profession of teaching. We need to make sure that education in either one of our agendas I think absolute top of the line. My kids, as public school participants right now, it’s near and dear to my heart. I’m very, very concerned about where we’re going in education, and we have got to ramp it up and put more attention in that arena.
1:14 – Sen. Biden
I hope we’ll get back to education, because I don’t know any government program that John is supporting — not early education, more money for it. The reason No Child Left Behind was left behind was the money was left behind. We didn’t fund it.
Take a look for yourself at C-Span’s Debate Hub. Video after the jump.
Palin’s statement (about 4:20 in):
…and Biden’s response (about 1:20 in):