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: 5
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majority of pupils into high school, a practice deplored
by many high-school teachers and administrators. -
In the early 1930's the "no-failurew theory was feeing
discussed and agitated by mmMmj school leaders. In his
article, "All Shildren Should Pass,® Tenenbaum, a lew York
01ty teacher, refers to a statement by Stephen F, Sayne,
Assistant Superintendent of the Mew York City Schools, to
the effect that every child should be promoted at the and
of awry year. 1® quotes t
There is no sound reason for submitting a ohild to
the huaiiliation ©f failure, or the public schools
t© the financial and adminlstrative burden ©f
teaching hundreds of thousands ©f children what
they have already been taught, even though they -
failed to learn it.5
Tenenbaum thinks that to eliminate failures in school would
relieve the child from stigma and reduce crime, especially
juvenile delinquency. He objects thoroughly and most strenu-
ously to the regimentation is the schools. le says that ef-
forts to maintain standards are nonsense,* that grades have
nothing to do with the level of knowledge of any given child.
" . . . yet knowing the tremendous ranges of intellectual
capacity, our school system lumps the Einsteins and dull
5 Samuel Tenenbaum, "All Children Should Pass," Survey
Graphic, XXV (October, 1936), 564-56?.
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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/m1/11/: accessed March 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .