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William J. Bennett
(1943-____) born on
Jul 31
US government officer. He was secretary of Education, 1985-88 and the Drug Czar (Director of the National Drug Contol Policy), 1989-90.
Our common language is . . . English. And our common task is to ensure that our non-English-speaking children learn this common language.

Government, obviously, cannot fill a child's emotional needs. Nor can it fill his spiritual and moral needs. Government is not a father or mother. Government has never raised a child, and it never will.
If my own son, who is now 10 months, came to me and said, "You promised to pay for my tuition at Harvard; how about giving me $50,000 instead to start a little business?" I might think that was a good idea.
The secretary of education does not work for the education establishment. The secretary works for the American people.
Most certification today is pure "credentialism." [It] must begin to reflect our demand for excellence, not our appreciation of parchment.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In NY "Times," 26 Sep 1985.
R: From "Kevin Harris' Quotation Collections" found on the Internet.
A: In NY "Times," 12 Feb 1985.
N: In "Christian Science Monitor," 12 Mar 1985.
K: Report on condition of elementary schools, quoted in in NY "Times," 3 Sep 1986.

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