This chapter follows the Chicago public schools as they constructed—and reconstructed—their system of vocational education, and shows how the consequences differed for young blacks and immigrants. In the early years of the twentieth century, Chicago's public schools took on a new function: they began explicitly to prepare students for the labor market. The school system's new vocational curricula blended academic education with commercial and technical training, and were particularly attractive for students from modest backgrounds, as so many black and immigrant students were. For educators, these curricula offered a way to retain and motivate students. At the turn of the century, Chicago's public schools did very little to train students for jobs. The local high schools offered a handful of vocational classes such as surveying and bookkeeping, but their curriculum was largely classical, with an emphasis on Latin, Greek, and the humanities.
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