We will, in a sense, have to make of the United States a vast continuing educational system— so that our education will not end at a particular age, a particular point in time, but will continue through life . . . If we would continue as the most favored and fortunate of nations, we must be the most prepared and educated of nations. This will require great new efforts in education. For all of our people deserve the chance to catch up to progress. The high school graduates of today are far better prepared for the coming changes than are the graduates of ten years ago. But the high school graduate of 1956 is today only 27 or 28—a young man in the prime of his life, with over 30 years of productive work potentially ahead of him. If he and his family are to be prepared for the changes ahead, then he too needs the opportunity for further education—which means that millions of adult Americans will have to be helped to return to school on either a full-time or part-time basis.