Career Technical Education

Vocational education has been a part of the American educational system for decades. It is accepted as a vital part of the educational process as a whole and is regarded as a vital role for the future of the American economy.

The movement for vocational education consists of two forces, one which would utilize the public school to simply turn out more efficient laborers and the other would utilize educational resources to equip individuals to control their own future economic careers (Passe 2001). The latter, many feel, would "help on such a reorganization of industry as will change it from a feudalistic to a democratic order" (Passe 2001). With the arrival of large numbers of immigrants during the 1800's, there arose a concern about the socialization of foreign-born children and their parents, thus, the common school was formed as a means of assimilating new Americans into the...
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