Students: Lyndon Johnson's School Days

The torrent of action on education and the reminiscence about it that pour from the White House is forceful evidence that its occupant recalls his own school days with singular relish and vividness. Before he turned to politics in 1932 at the age of 24, Lyndon Johnson was a not-to-be-ignored student in half a dozen schools and a teacher at three levels: grammar school, high school and college.

Johnson's boyhood interest in schooling came by family tradition: his father had taught in two one-room country schools in Texas, and his mother, who was the granddaughter of a Baylor University president,...

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