Following are selected remarks from the speeches and public statements of Education Secretary William J. Bennett.
On proposed student aid cuts, Feb. 11, 1985:
"It may require of some students divestiture of certain sorts -- stereo divestiture, automobile divestiture, three-weeks-at-the-beach divestiture. I do not mean to suggest that this will be the case in all circumstances; but it will, like the rain, fall on the just and unjust alike."
On teaching history, April 19, 1985:
"Our students will not recognize the urgency in Nicaragua if they cannot recognize the history that is threatening to repeat itself. If children have never heard of the Cuban missile crisis, they cannot comprehend the Sandinista head of secret police when he states that 'Cuba's friends are Nicaragua's friends, Cuba's enemies are Nicaragua's enemies.' . . . If our students know nothing of the Monroe Doctrine, what difference will the intrusion of the Brezhnev Doctrine in Central America mean to them?"
On the separation of church and state, Aug. 7, 1985:
"Our values as a free people and the central values of the Judeo-Christian tradition are flesh of the flesh, blood of the blood. . . . From the Judeo-Christian tradition come our values, our principles, the animating spirit of our institutions. That tradition and our tradition are entangled. They are wedded together. When we have disdain for our religious tradition we have disdain for ourselves."
On teacher shortages, Sept. 11, 1985:
"You will find that in schools that are proud, schools that are good, you will find people lined up for teaching jobs, and this is a fact of life. Successful schools and effective schools have lots of people who want to come and teach."
On teaching students values, Sept. 21, 1985:
"One should know, for example, that there is a moral difference between the United States and the Soviet Union."