Class Act: Bennett At the Blackboard

Bennett At the Blackboard

The subject: the Declaration of Independence. The scene: a seventh-grade history classroom at Caddo Middle Magnet School in Shreveport, La. The teacher: a substitute who wrote his name, "Mr. Bennett," in big letters on the blackboard. His teaching method: Socratic.

For 50 minutes last week Secretary of Education William Bennett and his 27 pupils discussed the origin and meaning of the Declaration. When Bennett asked to whom the document was addressed, one student answered King George III; another said the British Parliament. Bennett told his class, "I think it is fair to say it was written for the whole world, for...

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