Higher Education Act Media Kit

President Johnson's Feelings About Education

On Oct. 16, 1968, President Johnson signed the Higher Education Amendments of 1968 and the Vocational Education Amendments of 1968. During his remarks, he expressed how he felt about education.

Excerpt:
"So here we are, my friends, 60 laws later. We can count the laws. But no one can count the lives that these laws have and will change. How many bright youngsters have been discovered and inspired who might otherwise have been ignored? How many families have fulfilled the dream of college for their children? The answers to those questions, I think, explain to you why I feel as I do about education.

We believe, that is, you and I, that education is not an expense. We believe it is an investment. The 10 talents multiply. They return in the shape of economic growth. They return in the shape of better government. They return in the shape of a higher standard of living for all of us.

But the most important value lies beyond all of these things. When we advance learning, free men enter a new world of opportunity and experience. If we reject learning, we render ourselves dead to the past and lost to the future."

[LBJ Library audio, WHCa 801.1.]

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