Volume 3, Issue 3 (1974)
Career Education and Blacks: Trick or Treat?
A.G. Kearney, R.L. Clayton
There is growing concern by many blacks in America about the current movements in education that have become known as career education. In general, this effort is to be applauded because American education in which parents invest so much of the lives of their children should be going through serious stages of model recalls in order to correct defective elements hazardous to children’s health. But the concept is continually being redefined, and, in many redefinitions, black people see many opportunities for new “tricks” to be played. Little input has come from the black community. There are few, if any, graduate schools that offer any curricula related to the area of career counseling and the distinctive ethos, recognizable in all black neighborhoods. The cultural phenomena of blacks in America are manifestations of unique age-old social psychological and structural conditioning which greatly affects their attitudes towards career and education. Ethnicity then affects personality development and becomes a variable in a counseling relationship. Career counseling, which is regarded as a component of career education, must consider the effects of one’s ethnic background in theory and in practice. However, few theories of vocational development and blacks have been introduced, and fewer have become part of the “language” of the profession. The writers here have attempted to isolate some significant aspects of career education and their significance to the black community.
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