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: 31
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there la any evidence presented by specialists ia subject
fields which may account for the pattern of failles.
Failures In mathematics. — file largest percentage of
failures occurs la the field of mathematics, the total per-
©©stage of failure In this field being nearly twenty per
cent of all students enrolled In the subject, as the fol-
lowing statist!** from eight surveys typical of failure in
10 Cleveland senior high schools show that
18.1 per ceat of the pupils enrolled is mathematics
classes failed* . . .
30 Connecticut high schools, algebra failures,
17*© per cent, , * * geometry, 13.7 per seat. . .
1* Sew Jersey high schools, mathematics caused
the downfall of go per cent. . . .
8 lew Terk high schools, in mathematics 16 per
©eat of the class failed. . . .
In St* Paul the mathematics failures were 21*3
?er oeat of those studying the subject; records for
^,12J^pupila in Beaver show 24 per oeat in raathemat-
An article la School Review comments on the prevalence
of mathematles failure by ladleating that tw© conclusions
ean be drawn$ (1) that good mathematics teachers too often
are not obtained by the schools; and (2) that there are
elements Intrinsic la the subject that are aot assimilable
by some minds, fhe normal percentage of failure in any sub-
ject should be between five and twelve per cent,^*5
"Failures la High School, * School Review, XXX (Sep-
tember, 1922), 487-^88.
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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/m1/37/: accessed June 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .