Bonnie Says: Sarah Palin, Do You Think A College Education is Too Elitist For Your Daughter Bristol or Son Track?

Wed, December 22, 2010 4:46pm EDT by 41 Comments
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Sarah, we know you’re an anti-elitist. Is that why you don’t believe in a college education for your kids?

It’s so strange: You went to college, five colleges in fact, before you wrapped up your bachelor of communications degree from the University of Idaho. Your father was a science teacher, your mother was the school secretary, and your brother Chuck is a teacher — so why don’t you EVER promote the value of education even in your own family?

You have no problem speaking out against First Lady Michelle Obama‘s anti-obesity campaign for children. That means you don’t even like the idea of Michelle “educating” parents on the dangers of fattening food.

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And having watched every episode of Sarah Palin’s Alaska, I’ve heard you repeatedly laud  “family values,” the “work ethic” and the importance of taking individual initiative.

These are all great things BUT I’ve never heard you mention the value of education … once.

And I’m wondering if you are shortchanging your own children by not encouraging and enabling them to go to  college. Take Bristol, for example – her dreams of going to college to get a nursing degree were cut short by her teen pregnancy at age 17. Then once she had baby Tripp, now 2, she sadly resigned herself to possibly going to a community college to study real estate instead.

And even that was dependent on getting free babysitting from her father Todd, sister Willow and other family members, she said.

Now Sarah, why should her dreams and opportunities be cut short because she was a teen mom? You can afford to send her to college and help her with babysitting or day care costs! It’s estimated that you’ve earned up to $12 million since resigning from your position as Governor of Alaska.

Your books, your speaking engagements, your FoxNews commentating position and your reality show have all raked in big bucks for you. Plus, Bristol may have earned enough from Dancing with the Stars to have at least paid for her own college tuition.

But have you, Sarah, pushed Bristol to do what only two percent of teen moms are able to do — earn a college degree by the age of 30?

There’s absolutely no evidence that the answer to that question is – yes!

So I’m wondering: Are you just too cheap to help Bristol financially, or do you feel that it’s important that Bristol be “punished” for her pregnancy by having college withheld? OR do you truly believe  your own propaganda – that an “elitist” college education offers no value for your daughter?

Sarah you certainly aren’t pushing college for your oldest son Track either. After serving a tour in Iraq, you are encouraging him to take up a career as a salmon fisherman, following in the footsteps of his dad, Todd.

I have nothing against fishing as a career, but what’s wrong with a college degree and then fishing. At least he’ll be equipped to transition to another career should salmon fishing go bust.

“It’s important that parents and youths be aware that there are constraints in not having a higher education. If you’re rolling the dice, there are certainly more career choices,” agrees Reed Larson, a professor of human development at the University of Illinois.

If you Sarah aren’t promoting the value of a college education to your own children, you are denying them HUGE opportunities beyond going camping in the wilds of Alaska or dancing their way into our hearts for a reality show season.  “If parents don’t encourage their kids, there is a large possibility that they won’t go to college,” points out Jeff Gardere, a clinical psychologist and host of Dad Camp on Twist TV.

What I’d hate to think is that you, Sarah, see it as politically detrimental to your folksy, down-home image to have your children go to college.

You’ve slammed President Obama repeatedly for being an elitist and now, horrors, you don’t want to be painted as one in any way.

“If there is a brand to support, it’s possible she’d use all facets of her life to promote that brand,” believes psychologist and attorney Sheila Forman.

I’d hate to say that might be the case. But if it’s not, then Sarah Palin– Why don’t you give Bristol an opportunity to have a bigger and more long-term future than just being a reality star?

–Bonnie Fuller

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lucy

Posted at 11:33 PM on December 26, 2010  

WHOOPS! Tiger was a child prodigy and attended two years at Stanford. Why don’t you try get in to Stanford! Every other person you mention? Go figure.

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1967gal

Posted at 10:14 PM on December 26, 2010  

Seriously? Teen Moms have priorities that do not include a full time college education because – gasp! their kids need them to be moms. Sarah Palin’s ADULT children can choose what they want to do and when they want to do it. Also, given the recent mess created by the Ivy League Wall Street bankers and the following Bush-Barack Bailouts that have bankrupted the federal govt. perhaps the Ivy League ‘morons’ are becoming a LIABILITY to society by being over paid and under delivering. I will take a street smart military man anyday to those morons who could not figure out how the markets work and when they crashed they asked for corporate welfare given to them by their Ivy League moronic presidents Bush and Barack. KEEP THE CHANGE! And oh, Michelle can FOCUS ON HER OWN DARN FAMILY DIET and let the rest of us raise our children with wit and grit – and if WE CHOOSE a college education.

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TheOneIndependent

Posted at 11:33 AM on January 6, 2011  

1967 gal, sheeez. So I guess you did alright with a third grade education. In these days of constant technologic achievements, college is almost manditory for anyone to have a chance in the future, to ignore this is to neglect your children. Also, just in case your as clueless as Sarah “Duh” Palin, we have a major obesity problem in the US that is also affecting our heath and medical cost. M. Obama was doing what every first lady has done before, use the influence to help all children and parents with …wait for it..EDUCATION!! So, in your case “wit” would be to most “stupidity” and Grits maybe all your uneducated bunch will be eating. I pity your children and those of Sarah Palin, for they had no choice of who their parents are but YOU and all parents do have a say in who your children become.

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SCK

Posted at 2:58 AM on December 26, 2010  

Its really sad the author of this article thinks serving in the military is not an honorable career choice. Maybe she should stop thinking a Sarah Palin so much and be greatful that she lives in a country where she doesn’t have to wear a burka, where free speech is permitted, and she can’t name the last one of her coworkers killed on the way to worker by a suicide bomber.

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1967gal

Posted at 10:18 PM on December 26, 2010  

Notice the author forgot to mention millions of celebrities who did not go to college Paris Hilton, Miley Cyrus, Nicole Richie, Brandy (DWTS), Britney Spears, Tiger Woods, Justin Bierber – but to these star worshipping one sided lop sided author – these are exempt because their last name is not PALIN. FYI – Spears sister was a teen mom who -gasp! did not go to college either. Where is THAT article. Since the author is so INTERESTED in a COLLEGE EDUCATION perhaps she should start her lecturer with the Hollywood crowd.

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Cedric Winston

Posted at 11:05 AM on December 28, 2010  

Those people that you mentioned are either rich by birth or can do something which bristol dosent fit either category. her morther is a twit and those kids were barely raised and she considers herself the matriarch of family values.

 
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skip

Posted at 8:24 PM on December 25, 2010  

who is this idiot bonnie never heard of her!

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Dennis

Posted at 3:23 PM on December 24, 2010  

There are numerous, numerous articles generated from this website and they are all anti-Palin. Obviously, these people ‘hate’ Palin, just as much as Damon, Cher, and others ‘hate’ Palin.

Those calling her stupid, are stupid. Damon and Cher are not known for their high IQ.

When I compare the words and actions between both parties, the Democratic party is ‘by far’ the most aggressive, radical, and vitrolic.

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loveydub

Posted at 4:36 PM on December 25, 2010  

And you see, that’s what the righties, do, Rick – they change the subject when they can’t answer the so simple questions the article brings up. Whether or not one likes or dislikes Ms. Palin, why not simply answer the question? Does she or does she not value education in her own family, and for those who only have higher knowledge has their way out of poverty, mediocrity, and a dead end future? Either she believes in education or not – our feelings about her are irrelevant. It is her principles which we have to estimate in order to relate to and appraise her as a public figure. Stick to the issue, please.

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Rick Stalone

Posted at 2:07 PM on December 24, 2010  

I BELIEVE A COUNTRY DIVIDED AS MUCH AS THIS ONE WILL FALL,, AND I DO NOT BELIEVE IT WILL BE THAT MANY YEARS NOW..THE FAR RIGHT WINGERS CAN BUY ALL THE GUNS THEY WISH TOO..THE GUNS ARE NOT GOING TO SAVE THEM…IN FACT SOME OF THEM ARE GOING TO FIND THEIR WAY TO PRISON AND DEATH ROLL, JUST BEFORE HAND..OTHERS ARE JUST GOING TO DIE WITH A COUGH, CHOKE, CRY, AND A WIMPER…ALL PEOPLE WHO HAVE CONDEMED EACH OTHER WILL BURN (AlIVE) IN HELL AS GOD SAID THEY WOULD FOREVER….WHEN WE DIE HERE,,,THE REAL LIFE TRULY BEGINS!!! WHERE DO YOU WANT TO BE FRIEND.?..WISE PEOPLE LISTEN AND LEARN TO WORK TOGETHER AND CARE ABOUT EACH OTHER. ANY WHO REFUSE TO BE WISE AND ONE SIDED, WILL BE SORRY AT THE END AND REGRET IT ALL!!!!

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Sara Patterson

Posted at 4:34 PM on December 25, 2010  

I agree with you Rick.

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Kane

Posted at 7:38 AM on December 24, 2010  

Bonnie, take you and your liberal values back to Canada. The only reason you have a career is because uneducated people buy your magazine and read this trash. If you want to make a difference to the world, then go work in a school – OR A COLLEGE.

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J Lozanovski

Posted at 9:37 AM on December 24, 2010  

I agree 100% with Kane, Bonnie shut up, you are worst of influence and do not give advice to someone better than you.

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Bigand Tawl

Posted at 7:15 PM on December 23, 2010  

Bristol & Track are doing fine. Why should Sarah “push” them to do anything? Didn’t Bristol rake in big bucks on DWTS? Track has his fishing business. Who needs college when your Mom is a millionaire?

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ll

Posted at 4:41 PM on December 24, 2010  

This is about the most uneducated statement I have ever read!

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Carol

Posted at 2:17 PM on December 26, 2010  

Because the mon ey that Bristol made on DWTS isn’t going to last forever BUT a degree in nursing (and it’s income) will.
Because apparetly Momm Sarah isn’t sharing er millions with her kids (not that she has too) which means the kids have to stand on their own. A college gives them more options.
If Track had stayed in the military he would have had options but a few years in service does not mean much in the civil work world.

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1967gal

Posted at 10:22 PM on December 26, 2010  

How many college graduates are unemployed? MILLIONS! How many family businesses are still thriving because family members work together during tough economic times? MILLIONS! College educated morons are no longer THAT valuable to society because SOLVING PROBLEMS is what keeps a person earning an income for life – and they don’t teach you THAT in college.

 
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Spike

Posted at 10:59 AM on December 28, 2010  

Clearly you have not pursued higher education and that is your right. We need people to work at McDonald’s. Thanks for serving the educated.

 
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TheOneIndependent

Posted at 11:52 AM on January 6, 2011  

Anybody that thinks Sarah Palin is a good mother is themselves a bad parent. Anyone that thinks Sarah Palin is qualified to be Dog Catcher is dumber than she is. Anyone that thinks going to college(hopefully not 5) is not worth the effort for our youth, while the whole world leaves us in the dust is just an idiot. I do congratuate you for being able to read/write at all, that by itself makes you smarter than Sarah Palin. Nobody hates Palin for who or what she is, we all hate her because she is trying to convince us of who she want us to believe she is. A good mother, a smart politician with knowledge on all issues, that she is qualified to be anything and that she reads.. Sorry most people who do read aren’t buying it. Remember she had no clue what the job of VP was, Not even sure she understood what the role of governor was. Myself, I am so tired of hearing about this white trash “Clampetts”. They are no longer revelant.

 
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ILOVEGOATS

Posted at 7:07 PM on December 23, 2010  

It is of utmost importance to right-wingers and Republicans and their base that education be denigrated. Corporations and the wealthy are the last ones to accept and aid an educated citizenry. They don’t care if America is dumbed down. They encourage it. It helps them win and destroy communities. Look at how education has been devalued and attacked over the last 30 years since the right-wing took over the US of A.

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Samantha

Posted at 11:57 PM on December 23, 2010  

I am a “right-winger”, and I believe in education, educating ourselves to as much as we can. However, I am unaware that we have taken over the country for the last 30 years. What I do see is the leftist, marxism, wacko attitudes of professors in many colleges of our country, want to teach frivolous eco crap, humans destroying the world, American’s are bad stuff kind of stuff.
The real “dumbing down of America” is Affirmative Action people. So remove that one and then we can talk about the right- wingers. You sound like we are a big conspiracy. And by the way, I am not made of money at all, but I believe everyone should keep the money they earn.

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kanawa

Posted at 6:36 AM on December 23, 2010  

Hey Bonnie, I have a great idea, why don’t you mind your own business?

Oh that’s right, you make a living minding other peoples business.

Do you need a college degree for that?

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oh dear

Posted at 10:41 AM on December 23, 2010  

lol excellent point!

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Samantha

Posted at 12:02 AM on December 24, 2010  

Totally agree! Bonnie is obsessed with Palin! It’s not the regular hollywood reporting, she has this sheer vail of hate for her. Why? What is her deal?

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Kantankerous

Posted at 4:57 AM on December 23, 2010  

Odd, I looked up Bonnie Fuller in the dictionary and found this by C.S. Lewis, and it does fit she and her liberal elitist ilk to a T.

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” — C.S. Lewis

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Cliff

Posted at 3:35 AM on December 23, 2010  

Bonnie – you have a number of questions for Sarah Palin. Why don’t you ask her yourself? You have basically asserted she doesn’t value higher education for her children. What an interesting article this would have been if you had written it after talking to her, instead of basing it on your own perceptions.

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Average Joe

Posted at 10:40 PM on December 22, 2010  

Well, you can tell a intellectual train wreck is coming just from reading your first paragraph. You have confused a persons typical four years in college with education.

Bonnie, I suggest you get a little education yourself about the subject of education. GK Chesterton’s “The Superstition of School” would be a wonderful place for you to start.

One small snippet that you so aptly demostrate:

“The snag in it is this: that the self-educated think far too much of education. I might add that the half-educated always think everything of education. That is not a fact that appears on the surface of the social plan or ideal; it is the sort of thing that can only be discovered by experience. When I said that I wanted the popular feeling to find political expression, I meant the actual and autochthonous popular feeling as it can be found in third-class carriages and bean-feasts and bank-holiday crowds; and especially, of course (for the earnest social seeker after truth), in public-houses. I thought, and I still think, that these people are right on a vast number of things on which the fashionable leaders are wrong. The snag is that when one of these people begins to “improve himself” it is exactly at that moment that I begin to doubt whether it is an improvement. He seems to me to collect with remarkable rapidity a number of superstitions, of which the most blind and benighted is what may be called the Superstition of School. He regards School, not as a normal social institution to be fitted in to other social institutions, like Home and Church and State; but as some sort of entirely supernormal and miraculous moral factory, in which perfect men and women are made by magic…”

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Lizzy

Posted at 9:05 PM on December 22, 2010  

It’s far more important to Sarah’s career aspirations that the kids chances of embarrassing her politically be limited. Certainly she can afford financially to send them to college, but it would further shatter the illusion that she’s just like most Americans (middle/lower class). She knows on campus living/attendance of her kids would be a photo op nightmare for her as well. Distance Learning is an option, but that requires discipline and Sarah can hardly control her kids on Facebook or in their bedrooms under her own roof. Bristol might have gone the distance on DWTS’s, but would quickly find in college you don’t get A’s based on how many people vote for you, nor simply by “having the courage to put yourself out there”, there is no handicap, and being on top means putting in the time and having true ability. Not to mention, every time the issue of college would be connected to the Palin name, it would be followed by reminders of her own struggle to earn a degree by the skin of her teeth. Better for the Palin’s to stick with talking, winking, and flashing a little leg on the TV.

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Samantha

Posted at 12:20 AM on December 24, 2010  

Yeah, ” being on top means putting in the time”. Just like ‘snookie’ and ‘Paris’ and all the adorable millionares on reality shows? They are rich on being ridiculous. But they are so deserving right? Oh, that’s right, you have to be kind to the camera’s and smile, and get boob jobs, and lip injections to be the person that the public looks up to? Personally, I say, go for it. So why are you talking smack about a lady who is just that- a lady. I am really curious if you are a parent. I am curious if you have experienced disappointment with kids that you have raised?! And would you still love them if they have done wrong? I know I have. But I guess you know so much more. And I can see you are one to comment in the negative, so that answers my question on what type of person you are.

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Rene

Posted at 8:11 PM on December 22, 2010  

Bonnie,

An inherent hidden part of the extreme conservatism is to purposely keep people ignorant.

Great article!!!, it should be all over the news!!!

Thanks,

Rene

Sunrise, FL

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tmbodok

Posted at 7:37 PM on December 22, 2010  

David Letterman is right. Women like Bristol Palin, who has premarital sex, are condemned and rotten. These uneducated cheap and lousy trash deserve to be knocked out by every man.

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Irish96

Posted at 8:37 PM on December 22, 2010  

Does anyone know what goes on away from the public eye? Possibly Bristol didn’t choose college, possibly Sarah is showing Bristol she needs to pave her own way in life by providing funding if Bristol finds child care. No one knows what choices they have made and it should be none of our concern.

Some people hear the name Sarah and can do nothing but condemn. Too bad through their words of condemn clearly shine the tone of envy, fear and liberal.

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msnetgate

Posted at 6:35 PM on December 22, 2010  

I didn’t go and I make 6 figures. It’s not up to parents to make decisions for their kids once they turn 18. It’s up to the kids to make their own way. Of course if you’re a liberal, you would hand out everything to your kids instead of teaching them to make their own way in the world. No wonder we have a generation with their hands out…parents like you!

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Christine

Posted at 8:11 PM on December 22, 2010  

Just because someone is Liberal doesn’t mean they ask for hand outs my parents raised this girl right college was encouraged in my household but I was the one who had to get the grades and money to attend, which I did!

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Sally

Posted at 7:04 PM on December 23, 2010  

18 is far too late for kids to be thinking about college. That has to happen early in high school, so the proper courses can be taken, the tests, and a good match can be found for the student’s interests and the college. From observing Palin for two years, it is obvious that she does not value education. Her girls have been on the road with her more than they have attended school this fall. She never mentions family reading time, and if you look around her home, you never see a book anywhere. As far as your smarmy comment about liberals handing their kids an education…bull. My dad was a factory worker; my mom a secretary. I was the first in my family to attend college, and I did it by working from the age of 14, getting scholarships, and working on campus. Nobody handed me anything, and I am sick of the right’s Beckian viewpoint that we don’t work hard for what we have. The person not working hard and yet reaping millions is Sarah Palin, but you worship her.

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disco

Posted at 5:13 PM on December 22, 2010  

Hate to say it but my husband dropped out of high school and he makes more than this college educated girl does.

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college is for libs

Posted at 9:31 PM on December 22, 2010  

yer nutz yall. kollug dont’ make ya smart, huntin and fishin duz. only libtards goes ta kollug!!!! i no idint and im jist fin!

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Finally

Posted at 4:09 PM on December 23, 2010  

Now THAT’S funny!! :D

 
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Sally

Posted at 7:07 PM on December 23, 2010  

College doesn’t always equate to higher salaries (look at construction workers versus school teachers) but it does open your mind to other people, other ideas, and teaches you to think critically. Palin’s distinct lack of the above leads mer to believe that her three years of community college credits didn’t transfer to the state school, and that she may not have a degree at all.

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Kendra

Posted at 7:12 PM on December 23, 2010  

That’s why you married him. You went to college to get a husband. Ironically you found a guy with money-potential somewhere else. What a drag you had to learn stuff for nothing!

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Jude

Posted at 9:31 AM on January 14, 2011  

Good Grief! Since when did learning and a College Education become a bad thing? Since when did learning become “demonized”? What in the hell is happening to the soul of America? This country was founded upon deep thought and backed by Intellectual Muscle! Our forefathers were steeped in the latest and most progressive philosophical and political theories of the time.

Statistics and reality prove that educated parents (Self or Institutional) provide healthier and happier environments for their children. Why not broaden one’s horizons and provide these same opportunities for one’s children?

How could this possibly be bad?

 
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