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Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Lee Jones, Finley Grise

Degree Program

Department of Educational Administration, Leadership and Research

Degree Type

Master of Arts


This thesis is undertaken with the intention of studying the attitude of the Presidents of the United States toward education as revealed in their messages to Congress. The writer chose this subject because he felt that the messages and speeches reflect their attitude toward education and to some extent at least reflect the national attitude. Since this group has included some of America’s ablest leaders, education may find in their works arguments of great weight.

Since the study was restricted to the messages of Presidents, naturally Richardson’s “Messages and Papers of the Presidents of the Presidents to 1908” is the most used reference. Not only does this thesis summarize the messages, but it attempts discern the philosophy of education at the time of the message was written, the personal training that might have influenced the President, and the trends of the public thought at the time that might have played a part. For this purpose secondary sources, pamphlets, reports and newspapers have been used.

The writer has found no other study on this subject, and he has attempted to collect in readable form a summary of the views of our chief officials.


American Politics | Education | History | Political History | Political Science | Social History | United States History