A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from November 18, 2015
“We take career advice from someone who went to college to be a guidance counselor”

Students take career advice from a guidance counselor. “It’s alarming that I took all my career advice from someone who thought it would be a good idea to go to college to be a guidance counselor” is a satirical line that was written on Twitter on August 18, 2011.


Wikipedia: School counselor
In the United States, the school counseling profession began with the vocational guidance movement at the beginning of the 20th century now known as career development. Jesse B. Davis was the first to provide a systematic school guidance program. In 1907, he became the principal of a high school and encouraged the school English teachers to use compositions and lessons to relate career interests, develop character, and avoid behavioral problems. Many others during this time also focused on what is now called career development. For example, in 1908, Frank Parsons, “Father of Vocational Guidance” established the Bureau of Vocational Guidance to assist young people in making the transition from school to work.

From the 1920s to the 1930s, school counseling grew because of the rise of progressive education in schools. This movement emphasized personal, social, moral development. Many schools reacted to this movement as anti-educational, saying that schools should teach only the fundamentals of education. This, combined with the economic hardship of the Great Depression, led to a decline in school counseling. In the 1940s, psychologists and counselors selected, recruited, and trained military personnel. This propelled the school counseling movement in schools by providing ways to test students and meet their needs. Schools accepted these military tests openly. Also, Carl Rogers’ emphasis on helping relationships and a move away from directive “guidance” to nondirective or person-centered “counseling” influenced the profession of school counseling.

In the 1950s the government established the Guidance and Personnel Services Section in the Division of State and Local School Systems.

Twitter
♡ Man Who Loves U ♡
‏@SortaBad
It’s alarming that I took all my career advice from someone who thought it would be a good idea to go to college to be a guidance counselor.
6:00 PM - 18 Aug 2011

Twitter
George Atkins
‏@TeamSpeed11
It’s alarming that I took all my career advice from someone who thought it would be a good idea to go to college to be a guidance counselor.
4:15 PM - 19 Aug 2011

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It’s alarming that I took all my career advice from
January 28, 2013
It’s alarming that I took all my career advice from someone who thought it would be a good idea to go to college to be a guidance counselor.

Twitter
Uniquely Twisted
‏@rage_chaos
We took our career advice from someone who thought it would be a good idea to go to college to be a guidance counselor.
7:12 AM - 3 Oct 2013

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Wednesday, November 18, 2015 • Permalink