LBJs American Promise: The 1965 Voting Rights Address (Library of Presidential Rhetoric)

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Every person has their own natural strengths. If a person is both and naturally talented and well trained, then they are a qualified to be a teacher. Johnson is vague on what methods are needed to be used as a teacher. He believes it to be the responsibility of the qualified teacher to use their best judgment to help their class learn.

It is important, also, for people to research new methods that are best practices for the classroom setting. He believed in rational thinking and, therefore, in professionals, doing research to find these best practices to help to help the classroom teacher facilitate learning. It means that every man, everywhere, should be free to develop his talents to their full potential - unhampered by arbitrary barriers of race or birth or income. We have already begun the work of guaranteeing that fifth freedom Johnson believed in a twofold curriculum.

On one side practical skill are necessary. The skills that one needs to lead a successful life. Students who graduate High School should be able to graduate being able to enter the work force and be a productive member of society. However, school is not just a place to learn practical life skills. It is a place for people to learn a way of thinking and reasoning.

LBJ and the America Yet to Come

Speaker, Mr. Nicaragua took the position that it was under populated. Joseph Raul, Jr. Images of civic virtue in the new political rhetoric. I mean, he looked like -- I hadn't done anything to him, you know? On July 28, , he addressed reporters at an afternoon press conference.

People need to be able to learn how to make rational decision Johnson, , July There are those that need and should continue to Higher Education and those who are qualified should be able to attend Colleges and Universities. We need critical thinkers, scientists and teachers. We need people who can produce quality work in all fields and so part of a curriculum needs to focus on thinking and the knowledge needed to be able to attend higher education. It is the job of the individual school to decide what the needs of their attending children are.

What is it that they need to succeed? As a teacher he was actively involved and engaged in his student life outside of school. He knew his students.

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He also had high academic standards for his classes and pushed students beyond their potential McKay, These experiences led him to the fight for an equal high quality education for all. Johnsons firm beliefs on equity were their foundations of his reforms as President, all educators should prescribe to these ideals and work to diminish prejudice.

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In Johnson passed the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, which provided federal funding to impoverished schools. Johnson articulated some of the goals of this Act:.

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By passing this bill, we bridge the gap between helplessness and hope for more than 5 million educationally deprived children. We put into the hands of our Youth more than 30 million new books and into many of our schools their first libraries. We reduce the terrible time lag in bringing new teaching techniques into the Nation's classrooms. We strengthen State and Local Agencies which bear the burden and the challenge of better education.

And we rekindle the revolution--the revolution of the spirit against the tyranny of ignorance. Other resources suggest he relied on, and worked closely with, members of his Education Cabinet. By investigating the methods Johnson used in his classroom, it could be said that learning is best done through experience, as he did with His Debate team mentioned in the previous section McKay, Johnson also stressed the importance of the Arts and the Humanities on society. In an address at Brown University, Johnson commented:. And there just simply must be no neglect of humanities.

The values of our free and compassionate society are as vital to our national success as the skills of our technical and scientific age. He felt these values needed to be taught in school. The Arts and Humanities should be included in the curriculum in the same manner as Science and Mathematics Johnson, His socialist ideals suggest a curriculum that creates an aware and responsible youth to the greater society. Theory of Society What is Society? What institutions are involved in the educational process? Johnson called the people to action to help alleviate the injustices that had developed in American society.

The fundamental principles of this Great Society were: ending Poverty and Racial injustices, protecting Nature, and providing quality Education for all.

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He stated that he believed in this socialistic view of Society. The speech must be considered political rhetoric and not fact, it is impossible to know his true beliefs, so we must look further to see the actions that followed the powerful and idealistic words and slogans used in his public speeches. During the first years of his presidency, Johnson had strong Domestic Policies and found ways to pass legislation that supported the values of the Great Society.

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He was able to form necessary relationships with key politicians to successfully pass the Civil Rights Act of It is reasonable to suggest that Johnson had a consensus view of society. He seemed to say that each individual has to have a part in the society.

However they should all have equal roles and equal access to the services and resources of a society. The solution to these problems does not rest on a massive program in Washington, nor can it rely solely on the strained resources of local authority. They require us to create new concepts of cooperation, a creative Federalism, between the National Capital and the leaders of local communities.

His ideas are optimistic and revolutionary, calling on America to be responsible for all its citizens. His commitment to this society is evident in the amount of federal spending on domestic policies and programs. During his presidency, spending doubled from 6 billion to 12 billion dollars, and the rate of poverty also declined Miller Center of Public Affairs, However, the battle for Equal Rights in America caused massive turmoil within the society and in the government.

There was no consensus among Society on equality and the battle continues today. His domestic polices had the possibility to revolutionize American society. As mentioned throughout the course of this paper, Johnson claimed that his domestic policies gave an equal opportunity to all. In his speeches and in his actions one can see the truth in his statements.

Federal spending increased to help impoverished school districts in poor urban areas and sought to help the young minds of American. The Voting Act of ensured that all Americans had the opportunity to take part in American Democracy. It suspended the use of literacy tests that were used to keep African Americans from voting, and provided federal registrars to enroll Black voters. He worked to ensure the basic rights to all, and the Voting Act gave blacks a voice in the South, and voting turnout actually tripled in the next four years.

Johnson was not only speaking about opportunity for all, he was creating opportunity. Theory of Consensus Why do people disagree? How is consensus achieved? Whose opinion takes precedence? Johnson spoke of the importance of a unified America, in his inaugural speech after the assassination of JFK.

This patriotic ideal often occurs after a tragedy and helps to gather people to a common cause. In this speech Johnson remarked,. The time has come for Americans of all races and creeds and political beliefs to understand and to respect one another. So let us put an end to the teaching and the preaching of hate and evil and violence.

Let us turn away from the fanatics of the far left and the far right, from the apostles of bitterness and bigotry, from those defiant of law, and those who pour venom into our Nation's bloodstream. I profoundly hope that the tragedy and the torment of these terrible days will bind us together in new fellowship, making us one people in our hour of sorrow. Johnson spoke to this idea of consensus throughout his Presidential term.

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Consensus is achieved by working together to reach common goals. He worked closely with all levels of government to achieve the many social programs he passed. His social programs and fiscal spending are also evidence of his beliefs that all people should have the opportunity to success, education and to right to participate in democracy. These devastating events have clouded the social gains his policies helped develop.