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“You ain’t learnin’ nothin’ when you’re talkin’.” Lyndon Johnson

Lyndon Johnson, 36th President of the United States, succeeded to the presidency following the assassination of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963. He completed Kennedy’s term and was elected President in his own right, winning by a large margin in the 1964 election.

Before Johnson entered into politics he was a teacher. He taught Mexican-American children and then went on to teach public speaking at a high school.

Johnson had a lifelong commitment to the belief that education was the cure for both ignorance and poverty, and was an essential component of the American Dream, especially for minorities who endured poor facilities and tight-fisted budgets from local taxes. He made education a top priority of the Great Society, with an emphasis on helping poor children. After the 1964 landslide brought in many new liberal Congressmen, he had the votes for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965. For the first time, large amounts of federal money went to public schools. In practice ESEA meant helping all public school districts, with more money going to districts that had large proportions of students from poor families (which included all the big cities).

I find it humorous that Johnson seemed to be a well educated man, yet the semantics of his quote are a little off. Here you have a president that really changed the education system of the US. It shows how important education is. When I talk about continuous learning it is important to know that formal schooling is not the only place we can learn. Reading books, going to seminars and other self-educating things can be done. I find myself on the road a lot so I enjoy audio books.

If you look at the majority of our US Presidents you will find a great deal of education under their belt. You find that many of them were educated at great universities. Many of them went to school for many years to get the education they needed to pursue their futures.

Here are some tips that I would suggest to help you master this topic. Set aside time each day to forward your learning. Pick topics that make you feel inadequate. Studying these subjects will help you to gain more self esteem, build your vocabulary and polish your skills that you have mastered. Lastly, always continue to listen.

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