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Career education thus provides a framework that can make reading experiences vital and meaningful. Reading, as Brickell (1975) suggests, is "the only skill that will be used in every job, the only skill that can free the mind and put bread on the table" (p. 6). If his comments appear to be zealously stated, they nevertheless serve to amplify the reading-career education connection. For the vast majority of students reading is and will continue to be the most efficient vehicle for learning. It can serve as the prime tool for exploring the world of work and in sharpening the thinking skills needed to cope in a highly technological society. The reading curriculum, within a career education context, therefore, must be carefully articulated if students are to experience the full benefits of the reading-career education connection.

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