Essential, strong, dynamic SLmI ^ f.. * «k. i»m « m - S-mm :::-ta This publication is a part of the contribution of the United Business Education Association to the NEA Centennial Celebration. Its purpose is to describe the beginning's of business education, as we know it today to trace its development to recite some of its achievements to appraise the present and to look to the future. Business education today is an essential part of the American educational scene: a position achieved through years of hard and patient effort. A debt of gratitude is owed to those persons of the past who with vision and fortitude strove so valiantly that education for the world of work, "practical" education, might achieve the recognition it so justly deserved. Business education today is strong. It is growing in enrollments, strength ening its programs, improving the quality of its teachers, and increasing its prestige. The strength of business education, however, lies not alone in these. It lies also in the competency and foresight of its leadership, in its undeniable contribution to education, and in a strong and optimistic faith in the future. Business education today, as always, is dynamic. It has grown and will continue to grow with America. It has served and will continue to serve the youth of the land so that they may take their places in American oflBces and schools, in industry, on the farms, and wherever the work of the world is done. Millions of boys and girls, men and women, have passed through our classrooms and studied under our teachers. Their contribution to American business, to the progress and strength of our economy, and to the civic life of their communities constitutes the finesttributethatcouldbepaidtobusiness education in this milestone of its history. As we read these pages, let us be proud of the past and confident of the future grateful that we live in a nation where education is the foundation of democracy and humble in the trust that is placed in us in serving society and the youth of America. —Theodore Woodward Editor Centennial Issue
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