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Title New frontiers for American youth
Subject Social ethics; Social problems
Description Fourth annual Frederick William Reynolds memorial lecture.
Creator Bennion, Milton, 1870-1953.
Publisher The Extension division, University of Utah
Date 1939-11-29
Date Digital 2008-05-29
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Resource Identifier,596
Source LD5526 .U8 n.s. v.30 no.6
Language eng
Relation Digital reproduction of "New frontiers for American youth," J. Willard Marriott Library Special Collections
Rights Digital Image Copyright University of Utah
Metadata Cataloger Seungkeol Choe; Ken Rockwell
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Description VOCATIONAL FORECASTING 9 opportunities that lie ahead. I can only call attention to a few significant trends now observable, and to some of the newer methods of vocational forecasting that are being tried by trained experts. To learn what vocations are vanishing or are on the decline and what new ones are appearing or are calling for more workers is a very difficult problem, quite beyond the ability of individuals not technically trained in forecasting social and economic trends. It is rather a problem for a group of highly trained experts, such as were engaged a few years ago at the University of Minnesota. A similar study is now under way at Stanford. This work might well be carried on by the United States Department of Labor, an undertaking for them comparable to that of the United States Bureau of Standards, in the Department of Commerce, and the Research divisions of the Department of Agriculture. It would, of course, be necessary to have regional units working in cooperation with the department at Washington and with regional placement bureaus. The services of such bureaus should be available to all workers, not merely to the favored few who attend professional schools. If it were true, as declared by an ancient preacher, that "there is no new thing under the sun" the vocational forecasters might do as well as the astronomers; but since in human affairs new things do appear we can only hope that these vocational forecasters may do as well as the weather bureau, whose forecasts are more often correct than the forecasts of untrained weather commentators. American youth are too much inclined to enter the old line professions or to become unskilled laborers or unskilled salesmen. Those already in the old line professions feel them overcrowded now; unskilled laborers and broken down salesmen make up the majority of WPA groups. In the face of this overcrowding in the extremes of a high degree of training and no training at all, there are very old vocations that are being neglected by modern American youth to the detriment of the public. Surveys recently made in Ogden and Salt Lake City have shown that a high proportion of the workers in the building and other mechanical trades are past middle life and that an insufficient number of young men are being trained to supply the future needs of industry. This is generally true of other American cities. American youth have not acquired the old world habit of learning a trade. Furthermore, a high proportion of tradesmen in America learned their trades in the old world. Since immigration has greatly decreased in recent years this source of recruiting the ranks of mechanics has been largely shut off. Every profession calls for a liberal education as a foundation upon which to build a body of technical knowledge. The rapidity of new discoveries in science, theoretical and applied, and the consequent frequent revolutions in both the industries and the professions make it imperative that technical training be of sufficient breadth
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Source Original Manuscript: New frontiers for American youth, by Milton Bennion.
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