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"A few days ago 1 attended an education-industry conference. It was a meeting in which men from industry and education discussed the problems facing the schools with particular emphasis upon what industry expects of the public schools today.
In the September-October issue of the Jour-nal we outlined some of the items indicative of the progress which the American Society of Training Directors is making in respect to membership, activities and services. The facts are, however, that the active membership of the ASTD is much less impressed by the progress which has been made than by the advance which is yet to be made.
Those who have the responsibility of ap-prentice training must face many day-to-day problems such as persuading boys to enter apprenticeship, maintaining the interest of the apprentices, etc. Certainly there are many questions that arise concerning these and other problems. Before discussing some of the prob-lems that we have had in our apprentice school, I would like to briefly describe our apprentice program as a background out of which these problems arise.
Assumptions are always important in any statement with respect to industrial relations. The observations which are included here are based upon the assumptions that (1) we are a" agreed upon the desirability of seeking maximum efficiency in the utilization of our human resources—maximum efficiency con-sistent with the careful conservation of those resources; (2) that while our present system of private and public ownership and the spe-cialization of management is not perfect, it has more closely approximated this objective than any other system, so that we want to preserve and improve it.
"The officers of the American Society of Training Directors ought to go on the air at least once a week to brief all the folks inter-ested in business and industrial training in regard to the fast moving developments, the progress, real and potential, in the services of the American Society of Training Directors."
The occasion for this declaration was the fact that we had just returned from an 8000 mile motor trip.
The following is an analysis of the types of sounds that can be recorded for use in training and a summary of the uses to which these re-cordings can be put. The heading of each sec-tion indicates the type of sound to be recorded.
What is the supervisor's responsibility to the wage incentive program 1 Does it include the responsibility for rate setting, for standing on the manufacturing floor with a stop watch, putting pencil marks on a time study form? This has been tried before, early in the history of time study. When the idea first occurred of paying a man for the amount of work he performed, the question arose "Who is to de-termine how long it takes to do a job so that management will know how much to pay?" In almost every case, management assumed that this time could best be determined by the man who knew most about the job.
I have reached two conclusions, based not °nly on a study of industrial training but also on experience in the field, that lead me to a willing discussion of this subject. First, I am convinced that, with few and infrequent ex-ceptions, little use has been made of a re-search approach in the development of indus-trial training programs in America.
Those of us who were privileged to delve deeply into some of the substantial contributions of the great thinkers throughout the ages—Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Kant, McDougall, Freud. Watson and the like—consciously and sub-consciously realize the profound impressions they made upon our neural makeup. Our personalities have been greatly conditioned through such media as well as numerous other environmental or realistic conditions of our time and experience.
Perfect Circlc began to have an inkling of •he vast potentialities of a balanced work foice when the sudden release from war pres-Sl"t s started a series of readjustments all along the line. I urnover figures, always a barometer, were attracting a lot of uneasy attention.
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