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Vocational Opportunities

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“The Nation is rapidly waking to the fact that education of the right sort, which teaches the elements of knowledge, which does not forget the moral nature, and which gives thorough instruction and training in some vocational activity, is responsible to a very large extent for the progress which the Indian has made on all sides.”

“The Carlisle school places strong emphasis on vocational training. It believes that every boy and girl should have some definite occupation or vocation in life. With that end in view every student of the school takes up some trade or occupation … It is a common comment that the Carlisle boy and girl is not afraid of work when he or she leaves school.” 

“...this education has now become...excellently suited to the needs of the students, and is so conducted as to raise the mental, physical, economic, and moral condition of the Indian people. The work in Government schools has necessarily been of a grammar grade, with strong emphasis on industrial and vocational training, so that the young people would be fitted to take up more efficiently the duties of life and of earning a livelihood.”

The vocational education received at Carlisle offered a respectable professional path forward after graduation. Un-educated Indians found themselves unable to join white society, causing further division between Indians on reservations and those who were educated at boarding schools.