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: 17
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These facts arouse many perplexities, Unless
It can be assumed that there is some intrinsic
benefit in scholastic failure, the educational pr©~
gram is apparently poorly adapted to large numbers
of pupils. flie percentage of failures Id Hew York
secondary schools Is gradually decreasing, which
is particularly significant in relation to the re-
oeat influx of pupils who presumably are somewhat
less competent than their predecessors. However,
the amount of academic failure still seems exces-
sive. ISOt only if this true of general conditions,
as they are represented in the percentage failing
in all subjects throughout the state * but is also
strikingly apparent in certain subjects and in
particular schools. It is difficult to imagine
any plausible excuse for permitting or requiring
large numbers of pupils to undertake certain sub-
jects If even a fifth ©f the® will probably be
designated as failures. Furthermore, these fig-
ures teH only .a.part of the story. In certain
secondary schools one' half of the pupils some-
^ . times fisil. t© pass these examinations
Espy,' in fable 3, shows the extent of failures by pu-
pils in JSew HhpJc high schools. From the data in this table
■pmoEmmm m v&mmm m mmtmmiB
by mAm mmrn, wm in m&m*
Per €®nt of
Per Gent of Fail-
ures and With-
Seniors . . .
Juniors . • ,
Freshmen. . ,
•lerbert 1* l py, the Public Secondary School, p.
%trbert S* Espy, The Public Secondary School, p. 99 <
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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/m1/23/: accessed February 21, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .