Date of Award
Master of Science
The history of commercial education reveals that when business $subjects were first added to the secondary school curriculum, they were offered to students who were not interested in going to college or were financially unable to do so and to those who lacked the ability to pursue college courses. Principals were very anxious to show large enrollment figures and ready to admit new subjects it these subjects would help to keep boys and girls in school. It was believed that such subjects would better prepare students to secure and hold a job.
In many sections or the country the taxpayers demanded a more practical type of education. This demand led to our present vocational courses. It ls interesting to note that commercial subjects were among the first to be introduced after the college preparatory subjects. At the very beginning the purpose or these courses was training for employment. In the business world. We still consider this to be the dominant purpose.
Parrish, Oscar Howard, "The improvement of commercial education in the secondary public schools" (1941). Master's Theses. 1061.