National Geographic : 1918 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Paul Thompson GARMENT-WORKERS PARADING DOWN MADISON AVENUE: NEW YORK CITY Thousands of such humble folk as these find habitations in brownstone fronts that once were homes of the rich. The rich, fleeing with the approach of business, went uptown and duplicated their downtown brownstone fronts, and so millionaire mill-owner and poor gar ment-worker may live alike behind a brownstone front, the one above Fiftieth street and the other below Twenty-third. In times gone by all elementary educa tion was planned to fit boys and girls for colleges, and those who couldn't continue in the appointed channel found them selves half fitted for college, but not at all fitted for life. Then some one pro posed that boys and girls whose educa tion was almost certain to be limited should spend their school days prepar ing for their life work rather than for the college they would never be able to attend. From that suggestion developed the idea of vocational education, which is now accomplishing wonders. Perhaps more than any other one agency, it is helping to transform in heart and action the alien life of the metropolis into part and parcel of our body politic. The im migrant's children are being fitted for that economic independence which comes with skilled hands instead of being sent forth from school with untrained hands and poorly trained minds. A day spent in visiting New York's prevocational and vocational schools gives one much heart and hope. Go with me down on the lower East Side, where the tenement flourishes in all its fabled glory, and visit a prevocational school.