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are adapted to the pupil in order to supplant the forner
fioheme in which, all to© often, the welfare of the pupil
was sacrificed to inflexible standards. -
There are dissenters# certainly, in regard to the value
of a universal no-failure plan* e&atea is emphatic in her
indietnent of passing all students regardless of their per-
sonal inadequacies and largely because of unfavorable en-
vironaents. She maintains that to inject sympathy into
grading i dishonest and does not contribute to a democratie
aystea of education.She contends that a student who is
promoted with a grade indicating approval of work which he
hiaself knows is inadequate is toeing led into disrespect
for democratic institutions.
Miller puts it even more sueoinotly when he writes t
We are living through a period is education in
whioh failing pupils is not good educational pro-
cedure . . . tough minds, and tough bodies,do not
come from easy living. Mo one of intelligence be-
lieves .that ® student will,continue to climb the
educational ladder if he is beaten baok a round every
other year, . . . Successes oust be is the majority.
An occasional failure when he really has failed to
meet an acceptable standard for one of his age and
kind, will be a jolt, but the human personality has
a meeh&niw® for neeting jolts. . . * It is a part
of self-discipline. Teachers who know their work
have a keen aense of what successes and failures', are
doing to the students, and saake adaptations to be sure
that learners are more encouraged than discouraged.**
2-%ary Weld (Joates, "Democracy and Student Failure,"
School and SocletY, ill (Uotober 26, 19*0), 398*
17qarl 6. Miller, "foo Much good Sews, Bad Education,
Education, LXIV (April, 19**)# 513.
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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/m1/15/: accessed January 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .