Social Studies teacher Don Fulmer is going to let his students in on some top secret information.
Some of it has been â€œsanitizedâ€� and others completely cleared, though 40 years ago it was â€œTop Secret Eyes Only.â€�
The information comes from documents he researched at the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas over the summer.
also has audio clips of phone conversations and press conferences that havenâ€™t been heard since they were broadcast in the â€˜60s.
reported to the Board of Education on his
trip during the Instructional Spotlight portion of the Sept. 25 board meeting.
was invited back to the Johnson library for a second time after spending a month there in 2005 to build an experiential learning curriculum with the libraryâ€™s archives.
Johnsonâ€™s presidency was rich with historical significance, from the Civil Rights Act to the Vietnam War.
project to a single day that turned out to be a turning point for the Vietnam War, July 21, 1965.
Through documents, photographs, audio and video files, Fulmer
has created a simulation that will put one set of students in the shoes of President Lyndon B. Johnson and divide the rest of the class into the shoes of his
eight advisors who were present during a meeting on the military action in Vietnam.
will pilot the curriculum with his
Advanced Government class and it will be adapted for the library in Austin and for teachers to use across the country.
â€œWhen I first got there it was overwhelming how much information there was.
But each day built to this climax.
Itâ€™s going to be really exciting to see this implemented,â€� Fulmer said.
got started on this project after taking students to the Truman Library
in Independence, MO., which had a simulation in place for the Berlin Airlift.
After taking students there for two years, he
was invited to research at the Johnson library along with four other teachers in 2005.
was asked back in 2006 to develop a student simulation like the one at Truman.
The Lake Park Educational Foundation
a mini-grant of $1,000 to help defray his