TITLE

Lyndon Baines Johnson and George W. Bush on Education Reform: Ascribing Agency and Responsibility through Key Policy Terms

AUTHOR(S)
Asen, Robert
PUB. DATE
June 2012
SOURCE
Rhetoric & Public Affairs;Summer2012, Vol. 15 Issue 2, p289
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article explores Lyndon Baines Johnson's and George W. Bush's use of key policy terms to justify their education policies. President Johnson fore grounded the key policy term of "opportunity," whereas President Bush emphasized the term "accountability." Conveying a confident, forward-looking view of society, opportunity charged the federal government with distributing educational resources among local communities. Replacing confidence with skepticism, accountability shifted the federal role from providing inputs to insisting on outcomes. Accountability situated the federal government as the ultimate authority that set educational standards and determined if local communities met them.
ACCESSION #
76116120

 

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