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Mini-Quiz: Teaching the Virtues

by William J. Bennett (9 March 2003)

Take this Mini-Quiz to check your understanding of the lesson material.

1. What is a major problem concerning the behavior of young people today?

Styles in clothing and the type of music they listen to makes them misbehave

Many don't know the difference between right and wrong

They don't know much about other cultures

2. What is one way of instilling the concept of honesty in children?

Teachers and parents must demonstrate the value of honesty in their behavior

Show pictures of prisoners in jail to scare the children into being honest

Parents should ridicule dishonest public officials

3. What is important to help children grow up with good character?

Have strict teachers in school

Not live with a single parent, especially if divorced

Have moral heroes to look up to

If you got all three correct, you are on your way to becoming a Champion in Educational Development. If you had problems, you had better look over the material again.

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William J. Bennett is the co-director of Empower America and chairman and co-founder of K12, an Internet-based elementary and secondary school. He has a B.A. from Williams College, a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Texas and a law degree from Harvard.

In 1981, President Reagan chose him to head the National Endowment for the Humanities, and in 1985 he was named Secretary of the Department of Education. In 1989, President Bush appointed him director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

He has written and edited 14 books, two of which--"The Book of Virtues" and "The Children’s Book of Virtues"--rank among the most successful of the past decade. His latest book is "Why We Fight: Moral Clarity and the War on Terrorism".


Hillsdale College - Small private college in Hillsdale, Michigan that provides values as well as educates

K12 Online Home Schools - For-profit company formed by Bennett to assist in home-schooling

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You can purchase Bennett's books through or your local bookstore.

The Book of Virtues Touchstone Books (September 1996) $14.00 - A selection of poems and stories to be read aloud in hopes of passing on specific virtues to the younger generation

The Children's Book of Virtues Publisher: Simon & Schuster (October 1995) $15.40 - Portions of Book of Virtues, along with pictures in a format more suitable for children 4-8 years old

Why We Fight Regnery Publishing (February 2003) $11.17 - Events of September 11, 2001 revealed that the spirit of America is strong and undiminished so that the national resolve does not falter

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