The Uneducated

The Uneducated

The Uneducated

The Uneducated

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IN PUBLISHING, THE RESULTS of a large-scale investigation, it is customary for the author to present in a short preface a description of the initiation of the study and the methods used, and to acknowledge the assistance he received. However, this conventional practice is not suitable as an introduction to the present work.

The Uneducated has a long heritage as well as a special position within the orbit of the research into the field of human resources which is being carried on at Columbia University. Since the late 1930's my collaborators and I have been engaged in a series of studies aimed at increasing the understanding of the basic role of human resources in our contemporary economy. These investigations resulted in four major publications: Grass on the Slag Heaps: the Story of the Welsh Miners (1942); The Unemployed (1943); The Labor Leader (1948); Occupational Choice (1951). So much for the lineal heritage of The Uneducated .

Impressed with the striking evidence of the wastage of manpower revealed during World War II, General Eisenhower, shortly after coming to Columbia University, took the initiative in establishing a large-scale research project under the title "The Conservation of Human Resources." This Project has a twofold objective: to deepen the knowledge of the fundamentals of human resources, and to show how new knowledge can contribute to sounder public policy aimed at reducing the wastage of the nation's most valuable resource.

As pointed out in the Progress Report which was published in June, 1951, the Conservation of Human Resources has a threefold approach. First, studies are being made of groups in our society which have one or another serious handicap that militates against their effective performance. At the other extreme, the . . .

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