William Bennett, fully William John "Bill" Bennett

William
Bennett, fully William John "Bill" Bennett
1943

American Conservative Pundit, Politician, Political Theorist, Author, Secretary of Education, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Co-founded K12, a publicly traded online education company

Author Quotes

Nothing in recent years, on television or anywhere else, has improved on a good story that begins "Once upon a time."

The elementary school must assume as its sublime and most solemn responsibility the task of teaching every child in it to read. Any school that does not accomplish this has failed.

When we were attacked on Sept. 11, we knew the main reason for the attack was that Islamists hated our way of life, our virtues, our freedoms. What we never imagined was that the free press - an institution at the heart of those virtues and freedoms - would be among the first to surrender.

Now we have reason to be grateful once again that Al Gore is not the man in the White House, and never will be.

The essence of education is, in the words of William James, to teach a person what deserves to be valued, to impart ideals as well as knowledge, to cultivate in students the ability to distinguish the true and good from their counterfeits and the wisdom to prefer the former to the latter.

Yes, I do [feel that the University has dealt with this situation well]. All eight of our buses are on the road during the peak commuting hours of the day. A part of our planning has included ensuring we have enough operators for our buses so we can keep them on the road for these extended hours and provide the additional service.

On their face, the recent comments of Sen. Trent Lott are offensive, repugnant and inimical to what the Republican Party stands for.

The formation of character in young people is educationally a different task from and a prior task to, the discussion of the great, difficult ethical controversies of the day.

You could... abort every black baby in this country, and your crime rate would go down.

Our common language is ... English. And our common task is to ensure that our non-English-speaking children learn this common language.

The history of our nation is intertwined with a certain religious tradition, and that the First Amendment was not intended to result in the complete exclusion of religious beliefs from our public classrooms.

Our common language is English. And our common task is to ensure that our non-English-speaking children learn this common language.

The new source of divisiveness is the assault of secularism on religion.

Our schools should get five years to get back to where they were in 1963. If they're still bad maybe we should declare educational bankruptcy, give the people their money and let them educate themselves and start their own schools.

The President is the symbol of who the people of the United States are. He is the person who stands for us in the eyes of the world and the eyes of our children.

Our Transportation Department has followed the progress of the union contract negotiations closely so we were aware of the potential for a strike for many months. As a result we had been having informal conversations with Penn transportation personnel for well over two months in preparation for how we would respond.

The secretary of education does not work for the education establishment. The secretary works for the American people.

People of good character are not all going to come down on the same side of difficult political and social issues. Good people-people of character and moral literacy-can be conservative, and good people can be liberal. We must not permit our disputes over thorny political questions to obscure the obligation we have to offer instruction to all our young people in the area in which we have, as a society, reached a consensus: namely, on the importance of good character, and some of its pervasive particulars.

There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.

Pointing out that abortion should not be opposed for economic reasons any more than racism... should be supported or opposed for economic reasons. Immoral policies are wrong because they are wrong, not because of an economic calculation.

There is nothing more influential in a child's life than the moral power of quiet example. For children to take morality seriously they must see adults take morality seriously.

Politics is the art of achieving the maximum amount of freedom for individuals that is consistent with the maintenance of social order.

They would kill him before they let him be president.

President Bush was widely ridiculed for consulting the Reverend Billy Graham before the Gulf war.

Using drugs is wrong not simply because drugs create medical problems; it is wrong because drugs destroy one's moral sense. People addicted to drugs neglect their duties.

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First Name
William
Last Name
Bennett, fully William John "Bill" Bennett
Birth Date
1943
Bio

American Conservative Pundit, Politician, Political Theorist, Author, Secretary of Education, Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Co-founded K12, a publicly traded online education company