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I read this because I am doing a project for my intellectual freedom class for my Master's in library science. And yes, I am giving him a much lower score because I think he's patently wrong. No. 1 it is for his assertion that almost all Americans hold true to the traditional Christian values of a "moral upbringing." First of all, one can have a virtuous and moral upbringing without being "Christian." One can also grow up an asshole if one is Christian. I've known plenty of every kind. Ones ...more
Bennett is a former official in the Reagan and Bush I adminsitrations who reflects on his time in that era partiuclarly focusing on educationk, drugs, poverty, race and what he calls the "culture wars." Whether you agree or disagree with him, you have to admire his clarity, honesty and passion. I have reflected on the book in my blog at http://drickboyd.blogspot.com/ (Why I hate being called a liberal). I found much to agree with particularly around his concern for educators to realize they must ...more
William J. "Bill" Bennett is a politician and author who served in the Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush administrations, as chief of National Endowment for the Humanities and later Secretary of Education under Reagan, and Drug Czar under Bush. He is a nationally well-known figure of political and social conservatism and authored many books on politics, ethics, and international relations.More about William J. Bennett...