"In performing these functions, especially the last, American education has shifted toward a more explicit vocational emphasis, functioning as a link in occupational mobility between generations. High schools, as well as colleges and universities, have been reshaped for the personnel needs of business and government. In their desire for serviceable practicality, the schools have adapted themselves to changing demands, and the public has seemed glad to have its children trained for the available jobs" (White Collar: The American Middle Classes, 1951, p. 266).

"The most fundamental question to ask of any educational system is what kinds of product do its administrators expect to turn out? And for what kind of society? In the nineteenth century, the answer was 'the good citizen' in a 'democratic republic.' In the middle of the twentieth century, it is 'the successful man' in a 'society of specialists with secure jobs.'" (White Collar: The American Middle Classes, 1951, p. 266).