Editorial: Vocational selection

J. Carleton Bell
1917 Journal of Educational Psychology  
EDITORIAL In the economic world, as in the field of biology, natural selection and the survival of the fittest have dominated the course of development. The struggle of competition is intense. Of SELECTION *k e hundreds who enter any line of occupation only a few achieve success. Many of those who spend years in preparation or apprenticeship find themselves misfits, and are either entirely eliminated or drag out a routine existence as mere counters in the game. Thus in business, as elsewhere,
more » ... ss, as elsewhere, we find natural selection very prodigal of life, very wasteful of time and energy. As society becomes more highly organized, more clearly conscious of its own strivings, it endeavors to facilitate the process of selection by artificial means, to utilize natural and human resources to their utmost, and to conserve time, energy, and human effort. Accordingly, we have the deliberate breeding of plants and animals for human needs, the eugenics movement in human biology, the great expenditures of money and thought upon modern universal education, and latterly the focussing of all the resources of applied psychology upon commerce and industry.
doi:10.1037/h0069951 fatcat:ojubmyn4t5gchkpqp7i2nceh3i