ERIC Number: ED078115
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1973-Feb-1
Reference Count: 0
Career Education and the Minorities.
Marland, S. P., Jr.
Career education has two goals: first, that every person shall leave secondary school able to get employment of interest, of importance, and--most important--with good potential for advancement in every sense; second, that those who choose will be able to go on to some form of postsecondary education, whether a community or junior college, a two-year technical institute, a four-year institution, or professional graduate studies. Career education will, for the first time, give young people a sense of control over their own destiny, give them a chance to shape their own lives in systematic ways, and give them sufficient solid information and experience to make it work. Occupational inequality is spread across the population: career education is needed for every American, whatever his or her color, native language, age or location. It is needed in particular for the 2.5 million young people who spill out of our high schools and colleges every year unskilled and unschooled, prepared only to disappear into our broadening, deepening pool of the unemployed, the underemployed, and the disillusioned. In a society such as ours, which prizes and rewards skill and competence above all else, there is simply no need--and no room--for the unskilled and the incompetent, whatever color they happen to be. A properly designed, well financed program of career education can turn this situation around. (Author/JM)
Descriptors: Black Education, Career Education, Career Guidance, Educational Needs, Educational Objectives, Educational Planning, Educational Policy, Employment Qualifications, Higher Education, Labor Utilization, Minority Groups, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Public Policy, Vocational Adjustment
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Note: Speech before a national conference on "Career Education: Implication for Minorities," Sheraton-Park Hotel, Washington, D.C., February 1, 1973