ERIC Number: ED117412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Nov-13
Reference Count: 0
The Importance of Vocational Education in the Total Education Picture.
Bell, T. H.
Liberal arts education and occupational education can and must complement each other. Different and separately administered general and vocational offerings will only delay the development of the total education enterprise necessary in a rapidly changing society. It is important to contemplate the skills and knowledge that schools/colleges/universities should be striving to impart. More viable relationships are needed between education and all of the work that people do; students should not have to choose between liberal arts education and occupational education. Post-industrial America now engages more people in sales, services, and government than in the production of goods. A knowledge-based society warrants more educational program-fusing. Career education activities are needed to help all students understand the free enterprise system and the arts and to develop consumer/economic literacy. More open-ended and flexible programs geared to individual needs must be designed for the next century. The broad range of an individual's talents should be developed; over-concentration on one specific area of education should be avoided. Likewise, high quality educational programs utilizing all of the educating mechanisms (Federal/State/ local governments, private employers, trade associations, labor unions, and the home) are needed. (EA)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Speech Prepared for the National Convention of the Future Farmers of America (48th, Kansas City, Missouri, November 13, 1975)