Watsonville High School - Manzanita Yearbook (Watsonville, CA)

 - Class of 1916

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THE MANZANITA 13 the boys and girls graduated from the high schools are woefully de- ficient in ability to perform even the simplest calculations with 'ac- curacy and dispatch. ln stenography, it is not the writ- ing of one hundred twenty-live or one hundred fifty words a minute tl'at counts. It is the ability to transcribe the matter so written ae- curately and with a fair rate of speed. Of course, it is essential that the stenographer be able to record dictation at that rate in many cases, but unless she can make a correct transcript of it later, her ability to "take" it is of little value. Not only must the work be accurately and quickly done, but it must be artistically arranged as well. lt is useless to add that the successful typist must be a "touch writer" and not addicted to the eraser habit. ln bookkeeping it is, also, the small things that count. The aver- age high school, and particularly the high school with a two year's course, cannot attempt to make certified public accountants, not auditors, not bookkeepers with a full understanding of corporation, banking, or other forms of higher accounting. lint they can give the pupil a thorough knowledge of the theory of dehits and credits as ap- plied to common business transac- tions together with a knowledge of the usual commercial terms and usuages. As there are scarcely any commercial houses that conduct their bookkeeping records similarly in all their details, it is obviously impossible to drill the pupils on forms that would exactly fit all lines of business. However, if the pupil has thoroughly mastered the prin- ciples as above stated, he can, with very little effort, fit himself into any clerkship that may he open to him. He must not, of course, ex- pect to land on the top notch of his profession at the first effort. ln fact, it is much better for him to ae- cept a subordinate position at first so as to become accustomed to the system in use. Now. these few requisites are not meant to cover the entire field of business essentials. They are simply a few of the qualifications demand- ed by business men as first require- ments. The boy or girl who wants to train himself or herself for a bus- iness career, whether for a clerk- ship or for personal reasons, should take a four year's course and should include such subjects as commercial and industrial geography, com- mercial law, commercial arithmetic, office training, salesmanship, book- keeping and higher accounting. business English and correspond- ence, stenography and typewriting, spelling and penmanship, and Span- ish. These are all highly important considered from a broad commercial point and should constitute the main part of the commercial train- ing, but others such as algebra, geometry, history and civics, do- mestic science, manual training, and chemistry should also be taken, in part, according to the particular end sought. lt is evident that our commercial relations in the future will be largely with the South A- merican republics. Since the com- pletion of the Panama Canal Flllll our attendant interest there, they have come to our very doors. They are rich in their resources but very limited in capital and population. Travelers from those countries in- form us that they present various opportunities for the investment of American capital and American

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