|Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy|
March 13, 1989 â€“ December 13, 1990
|President||George H. W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Position established|
|Succeeded by||Bob Martinez|
|3rd United States Secretary of Education|
February 6, 1985 â€“ September 20, 1988
|Preceded by||Terrel Bell|
|Succeeded by||Lauro Cavazos|
|Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities|
December 24, 1981 â€“ February 6, 1985
|Preceded by||Joseph Duffey|
|Succeeded by||John Agresto (Acting)|
|Born||William John Bennett
(1943-07-31) July 31, 1943
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Political party||Democratic (Before 1986)
|Alma mater||Williams College
University of Texas, Austin
If we are surrounded by the trivial and the vicious, it is all too easy to make our peace with it.
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.
Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that thankfulness is indeed a virtue.
Our common language is English. And our common task is to ensure that our non-English-speaking children learn this common language.
For children to take morality seriously they must be in the presence of adults who take morality seriously. And with their own eyes they must see adults take morality seriously.
America’s support for human rights and democracy is our noblest export to the world.
Real fatherhood means love and commitment and sacrifice and a willingness to share responsibility and not walking away from one’s children.
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.
It is our character that supports the promise of our future – far more than particular government programs or policies.
Now we have reason to be grateful once again that Al Gore is not the man in the White House, and never will be.
Happiness is like a cat, If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay not attention to it and go about your business, you’ll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.
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.
Give yourself an even greater challenge than the one you are trying to master and you will develop the powers necessary to overcome the original difficulty.