The De-valuing of America: The Fight for Our Culture and Our Children

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Simon and Schuster, 1994 - Political Science - 271 pages
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No one sets the record straight like bestselling author William J. Bennett. In The De-Valuing of America, one of our leading conservatives gives us a provocative and unblinking critique of what is wrong with our nation in areas ranging from drugs to education to race relations, and provides an inspiring vision to turn the tide. In this remarkably candid personal account, Bennett reveals what he saw and what he learned -- and the people he came across and was crossed by -- during his controversial years as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Secretary of Education, and Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy. In the straightforward style that has become his trademark, he tells us what's right and what's wrong with American education; discusses the heroes, villains, and shirkers in the war against drugs; analyzes the decline in standards and common sense on our college campuses; and offers his assessment of the failures of contemporary liberalism. Written with force and passion, The De-Valuing of America is a cry of alarm -- an honest, unsparing account of what has gone wrong in American society, and a tough-minded personal assessment of how to reclaim our culture and protect and nurture our children.
 

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This is a predictable memoir of Bennett's trials and tribulations as chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities, secretary of the Department of Education, and directorate ("Drug Czar ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
11
The Culture Wars
17
Crisis in American Education
39
What Works in American Education
71
The American Nightmare
92
Fighting Back
122
The Great University Debates
152
Race and the New Politics
178
The Great Cultural Divide Religion
203
Reflections on Being in the Fight
225
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William J. Bennett served as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy under President Bush and served as Secretary of Education and chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities under President Reagan. He has a bachelor of arts degree in philosophy from Williams College, a doctorate in political philosophy from the University of Texas, and a law degree from Harvard. Dr. Bennett is currently a John M. Olin Fellow at the Hudson Institute, a Distinguished Fellow in Cultural Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, and a senior editor of National Review magazine. He, his wife, and two sons live in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

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