AMID THE CONTROVERSY, MISPLACED PRIORITIES. Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin criticized the Highland Park school board for taking the girl's basketball team out of a holiday tournament in Arizona. A current and former player did a segment on Sean Hannity's TV show. Betsy's Page raises some questions about the board's decision.

In all the give-and-take about the board's decision, everybody takes it as routine that a high school girl's basketball team makes a trip out of state to play in a holiday tournament. I don't care that the players are selling a lot of cookies to raise money for the trip. I do care that the high schools are letting the sports crowd out the academics. Will Highland Park be sending the science club to Cape Canaveral for the final Shuttle launch, or the math club to Madison's Grand Integrator competition?

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