William Bennett on the Responsibility of Elementary Schools

“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.”

William J. Bennett “Report on Condition of Elementary Schools” (1986)

Excerpted from: Howe, Randy, ed. The Quotable Teacher. Guilford, CT: The Lyons Press, 2003.

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