An Examination of High School Failures as Revealed in the Literature of the Subject in Order to Determine the Nature, Extent, Causes and Remedies Page: 4
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The Committee affirmed that a subject should not be
treated differently for pupils who will go to college, for
pupils who will go to vocational schools, or for those who
will go to neither.1*
finist the Implication from the beginning of the modern
hlgh<-school curriculum was that students were to be judged
by their performance In the subjects of this rigid curricu-
lum without regard to Individual Inclination, abilities, or
capacities. From this standardized curriculum grew the tra-
dition of "pass or fall" on the basis of grades, either in
minerals or letters. The majority of high schools In the
early period used as failure any grade below 75 to 60.
Many instances are known of a student's being refused pro-
motion on a one-point-below-passing grade. Jk Quarter of a
century ago this method prevailed in most secondary schools
of the country.
Beginning with the late 1920'3, a new attitude began
to permeate educational literature and to make Itself felt
In professional conferences. Progressive elementary schools
took the lead la passing pupils who met the curriculum re-
quirements partially and whose attitude was satisfactory.
This finally led to the present-day practice of passing the
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Mann, Ralph. An Examination of High School Failures as Revealed in the Literature of the Subject in Order to Determine the Nature, Extent, Causes and Remedies, thesis, 1950; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc130213/m1/10/: accessed April 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .