There’s a really smart guy talking on the radio … and it’s not me. No, really. It’s Bill Bennett, and those who know me very well at all know that I think he really is … a really smart guy. And he talks on the radio on the Bill Bennett’s Morning in America radio show. I get it on Sirius and subscribe so that I can download the podcasts since I can’t be available for the whole show.
Bennett was Secretary of Education under President Reagan and later “Drug Czar” as it was called. He is a tremendous historian (love “America: the Last Best Hope” — the best American history you will ever read), and a keen observer of American life today. He said something on Feb 4 that while obvious to most, still bears repeating. He was talking to a teacher from Montgomery, Texas who was bemoaning the 10 below-70 grades he had recently issued … and having had NO parent call. The discussion turned to what’s wrong and Bill said “… give me better families, better schools, and more teaching in the churches and I’ll give you back 90% of the pathology in American life.”
I thought it was so good that I’ve excerpted the discussion. Hear it here: