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ERIC Number: ED017548
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 1
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NEW CAREERS, ONE SOLUTION TO POVERTY.
PEARL, ARTHUR
DESPITE THE CURRENT ADVANCE IN TECHNOLOGY AND THE RECENT POPULATION GROWTH, MEANINGFUL EMPLOYMENT IS STILL AVAILABLE, EVEN FOR MINIMALLY SKILLED PERSONS. A FREE, FLUID, AND "PEOPLE-ORIENTED" SOCIETY SHOULD PROVIDE AS MANY CAREER OPPORTUNITIES AS THERE ARE PEOPLE TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THEM. THUS IN THE HUMAN SERVICES, WHICH INCLUDE TEACHING AND HEALTH, EDUCATION, WELFARE, AND RECREATION ORGANIZATIONS, PROFESSIONAL DUTIES MIGHT BE HIERACHICALLY DIVIDED TO PROVIDE MANY UNDEREMPLOYED OR UNEMPLOYED MINIMALLY SKILLED PERSONS WITH AN ENTRY POSITION LEADING TO FURTHER EDUCATION AND A PERMANENT UPWARDLY MOBILE CAREER. IN THIS WAY, RATHER THAN DEMAND THAT EMPLOYEES HAVE PROFESSIONAL CREDENTIALS, WHICH GUARANTEE NOTHING AND ACTUALLY BAR MANY POTENTIALLY ABLE PERSONS FROM A CAREER--DISADVANTAGED NEGROES IN PARTICULAR--EMPLOYERS WOULD CONSIDER THE VALUE OF THE LEARNING EXPERIENCES WHICH WORKERS HAVE HAD ON THE JOB. AND, IF MINIMALLY SKILLED PERSONS WERE EMPLOYED IN THE SCHOOLS AS TEACHER AIDES AND ASSISTANTS, THE ALIENATION OF THE LOWER CLASS STUDENT FROM THE MIDDLE CLASS BUREAUCRACY OF THE SCHOOL MIGHT CONSIDERABLY LESSEN. FINALLY, IN ADDITION TO MOTIVATING UNEMPLOYED AND UNINVOLVED YOUTHS, AND FINANCIALLY AND PSYCHOLOGICALLY HELPING MINIMALLY SKILLED WORKERS, A "NEW CAREERS" INNOVATION WOULD RELIEVE THE PROFESSIONAL OF NECESSARY BUT MENIAL TASKS, FILL THE LABOR SHORTAGE IN THE HUMAN SERVICES, AND BOOST THE ECONOMY BY INCREASING THE PURCHASING POWER OF THE MINIMALLY SKILLED. MOREOVER THE AVAILABILITY OF NEW CAREERS MIGHT HELP NARROW THE INCREASING GAP BETWEEN NEGRO AND WHITE INCOMES AND ADVANCE THE PROGRESS OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. THIS ARTICLE IS PUBLISHED IN PHRA, VOLUME 2, NUMBER 5, P.23-34, SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 1967. (LB)
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