Every child must be encouraged to get as much education as he has the ability to take. We want this not only for his sakebut for the nations sake. Nothing matters more to the future of our country: not military preparednessfor armed might is worthless if we lack the brain power to build a world of peace; not our productive economyfor we cannot sustain growth without trained manpower; not our democratic system of governmentfor freedom is fragile if citizens are ignorant.
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Source Notes: Source: President LYNDON B. JOHNSON, special message to the Congress, Toward Full Educational Opportunity, January 12, 1965.Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: Lyndon B. Johnson, 1965, book 1, p. 26.
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