Lyndon Johnson on Education
In 1966, a year after LBJ enacted his Elementary and Secondary Education Act, moving the federal government massively into the state and local province of public education.
American plunged forward US & state governments and local school districts began the most massive investment in education in all of history. Expenditures per pupil doubled and tripled. Head Start, a preschool program for low-income children established in 1965, was lavishly funded. Perhaps $200 billion was poured into Title I of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which provided additional funds to schools based on their population of low-income students.
With anti-poverty in the air, the suggestion was being made that the child-benefit theory should be used to justify indirect aid to parochial schools in the form of federal funds to lift the level of education for poor children, whatever the type of their school.
Pres. Johnson leaped at the formula. It fitted the anti-poverty emphasis of his Administration; an impeccable Protestant, he had far less concern than John Kennedy that he would be accused of favoring Catholics.
He landed a job on a road gang near Johnson City. One raw, cold evening, Lyndon came home from an especially hard day on the highway and announced, "I'm sick of working just with my hands, I don't know if I can work with my brain, but I'm ready to try. Mama, if you & Daddy can get me into college, I'll go as soon as I can."
The young man who had scorned higher education now soaked up knowledge furiously. As many youths of his age turn to sports, he turned to debate and campus politics. He became the college's star debater.
After his graduation from college, he joined the faculty of a high school in Houston to teach public speaking and debate. The school had many Latin-American students. Conflicts arose at times between them and the Anglo pupils. In ironing out these differences, the young teacher used and developed his talent for influencing people to get along among themselves.
He liked teaching. But the family tradition of politics was much on his mind. When the opportunity came, late in the year 1931, to go to Washington as secretary to a Texas congressman, he jumped at it. 1 way or another, after that, he was always in politics.
The good, well-trained, dedicated teacher will remain invaluable. But we must reach out to utilize new techniques and new resources to assure universal standards of excellence in every scho in every section, in every region in this land.
I believe that we may see, over the next decade, more advance in the art of teaching than in the last century, or, for that matter, several centuries. Certainly if we can use our technology o electronics to defend freedom and keep peace, as we are doing effectively, we can apply this great technology to open new horizons for young people, to equip them for the opportunities and the responsibilities of their time
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