ERIC Number: ED275975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-Oct-6
Reference Count: 0
Address by William J. Bennett, United States Secretary of Education. International Association of Chiefs of Police (Nashville, Tennesse, October 6, 1986).
Bennett, William J.
Police officers help children grow up in a law-abiding society. In nurturing and protecting the young, there must be a division of labor among responsible adults; it is difficult for police officers to do their job if others do not help. In the 1960's and 1970's, the attitude existed that schools should do the schooling without interference from families, neighborhoods, and churches. Americans learned that this did not work. A similar lesson is being learned about children and drugs. The drug problem is the greatest single threat to the well-being of our children; solving this problem will require appropriate division of labor. The incorrect attitude has been that the drug problem is solely a law enforcement problem and police officers should solve it. Whether or not a child gets involved with drugs depends on moral guidance taught at home and in school. Parents at home, teachers in schools, and friends in neighborhoods share the responsibility of enforcing drug laws. Although police officers have taken up extra responsibility by educating about drugs, others such as schools have not always carried out their responsibilities. A handbook, "Schools without Drugs," meant to help get drugs out of our schools, homes, and communities has been made available by the Department of Education. Parents, educators, and others can be valuable police allies in drug enforcement. (ABL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Note: For "Schools without Drugs," see ED 270 715.