Today in History: Nixon Signs the Higher Education Act
Planning our trip to the AAU National Track and Field Championships this July, I find myself wondering how sport and athletics might affect the future of my kids on their educational journey. Will there be opportunities, or impossibilities, due to higher levels of competition amid increasing financial costs? For my eldest, college is a mere four years away, and I equate the loom, good and bad, of the light. A beam crossing the sky, it shines in the arc and can be seen from much farther than the line of sight to the horizon. Our younger child is racing in Orlando; both children are running rigorously in academic preparation. Florida in the heat of summer came as a surprise, for little did we expect to qualify. It is a first track season for one, a dozen combined years of travel soccer for two — and going strong like the rotating beam.
The Higher Education Act of 1972 included Title IX legislation, which significantly barred discrimination in higher education programs, especially funding for sports and other extra curricular activities. On June 23rd, President Richard M. Nixon signed the act, co-authored and introduced by Senator Birch Bayh of Indiana, into law and paved the way for increased participation by women in collegiate sports and athletics.
The following articles are selected from Proquest Historical Newspapers, whose content serves to inform and inspire classroom teaching and learning.
- Special to The New York Times. (1972, Jun 23). Transcript of the president’s news conference emphasizing domestic matters. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Nixon gives decision today on education bill. (1972, Jun 23). Boston Globe (1960-1984)
- Congressional score on women’s issues. (1972, Nov 14). Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001)
- Luther, C. (1973, Nov 30). Athletic scholarships for women on the way. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File)
- Exemptions threaten Title IX survival. (1979, Jun 14). The Sun (1837-1990)
- Sullivan, P. (1988, Apr 18). Athletes spend a day taking a shot at education. Chicago Tribune (1963-Current File
- Barra, A. (2012, Jun 17). Female athletes, thank Nixon. New York Times (1923-Current File)
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