Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty-three years ago today, February 6, 1962, President John F. Kennedy sent a Special Message to the United States Congress on American Education, outlining his vision for the future.
The President stated that the failure to educate our Nation's young to their "maximum capacity" will negatively effect not only them but also "their families, their communities....and the United States of America."
JFK cited the following statistics for 1962...
*1 million students drop out of high school annually
*thousands of qualified students do not attend college
*of those students who attend college 40% fail to complete their course of study
*the numbers of students entering school are growing rapidly
The President's message included a request for $5.7 billion "to cover improved infrastructure and classroom construction, increased teacher salaries, training and certification, and more."
JFK reminded the Congress that it is the responsibility of the federal government "to ensure access to education for ALL Americans," and that investing in education is of vital importance to the Nation.
"JFK: Money Needed for Education," JFK Day By Day: A Chronicle of the 1,036 Days of John F. Kennedy's Presidency, by Terry Golway and Les Krantz, Running Press Book Publishers, 2010.
PRESIDENT REAGAN BORN 104 YEARS AGO TODAY
Tampico, Illinois (JFK+50) The 40th President of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan, would have been 104 years old today. He was born here in Tampico on February 6, 1911.
Having defeated President Jimmy Carter in the Election of 1980, Ronald Reagan was sworn in as President on January 20, 1981. Surviving an assassination attempt early in his first term, Reagan was re-elected in 1984 and despite being the "oldest President", he completed two terms of office.
President Reagan helped restore national pride and one of his greatest speeches came at the Berlin Wall where he said...
"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall."
REAGAN DOCTRINE ANNOUNCED 30 YEARS AGO TODAY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President Ronald Reagan announced the Reagan Doctrine* three decades ago today, February 6, 1985. The President said...
"Freedom is not the sole prerogative of a chosen few; it is the universal right of all God's children. We must stand by our democratic allies. Support for freedom fighters is self-defense."
*The Reagan Doctrine (1981-1991) was a strategy employed under the presidential administrations of Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush to oppose the world-wide influence of the USSR.