Since getting ready for the new school year has pre-empted my secondary desire to answer some of the questions asked in the comments and to read more widely on the topic, I'm going to link to a post by someone else. I found it in a roundabout way this time: last night, Lyric alerted me to a discussion over at Amy's Humble Musings, and I've read through the post and a great many of the 200+ comments with great interest. In the comments, someone had linked to another post that I believe speaks to much of where my heart is.
As a disclaimer, and I'm big on disclaimers LOL, I will say that I do not always agree with Doug Wilson and can't just wholeheartedly endorse everything on his blog. But on this topic I believe he's approached the balance that expresses my own heart. So I point you there and ask you to consider what he's said. Feel free to come back and comment here...
Cons and Pros on Palin
and Wilson's "prequel": An Epistemological Pileup