ERIC Number: ED039277
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Feb-10
Reference Count: 0
Competence for All as the Goal for Secondary Education.
Allen, James E., Jr.
Education must make citizens not only competent to enter the labor market but also to find work that is a rewarding use of an individual's abilities. Racial unrest and unemployment are the products of an inadequate educational system which finds 25 percent of young people denied access to the labor force. The focus of vocational education must shift from a remedial to a preventive approach. Career consciousness should be fostered in the elementary grades accompanied with job-related instruction in the upper elementary grades. In high school, students should be allowed to move in and out of vocational-technical and academic courses, thus undermining the elitist system of tracking students into a terminal degree curriculum. In opposition to a policy which supports a separate approach to education for the disadvantaged, a system which would address itself to the needs of all students (eliminating in the process the stigma attached to vocational courses) is needed. In order to encourage local school districts to supply adequate vocational and technical education opportunities, the Federal government should cover a substantial portion of costs and should provide leadership. Cooperation between schools and manpower training programs and the participation of high school principals are also needed. (KG)
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Identifiers: National Advisory Council On Vocational Education
Note: Speech given before the Annual Convention of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Washington, D.C., February 10, 1970