ERIC Number: ED123406
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-May-6
Reference Count: 0
The Greening of Vocational Education.
Feldman, Marvin J.
Last fall, in no less highbrow a publication than the Harvard Educational Review, two professors--W. Norton Grubb of Berkeley and Martin Lazerson of the University of British Columbia--fired a thunderous broadside at career education and vocational education. The editor's summary puts the matter succinctly. "Grubb and Lazerson concluded that the ills career education proposes to solve...are intrinsic to our economic system." But what is most remarkable about the article is the confusion it created in the ranks of both career and vocational educators. Many felt abused and defenseless. The attack exposed a serious vulnerability. We have no systematic rationale. We have no solid sense of identity and purpose. We do not always have a sure sense of our relationship to the other necessary aspects of education. We need a new outreach to the nation's thought leaders. We need a new rationale, solidly rooted in sound scholarship. We need a coherent national policy. And I think we should, at least in private, thank God for scholars like Grubb and Lazerson who take vocational education seriously enough to criticize it extensively. We can only profit from such attention. (Author/LH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Address to Joint Meetings of the National and State Advisory Councils on Vocational Education (Washington, D.C., May 6, 1976) ; Best copy available