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: 32
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A clue to failures ppevalling In certain subjects may
be found in a survey on pupils * choice of electives. , Latin
and mathematics were most frequently mentioned by students
questioned m subjects to be excluded frost the curriculum.
Pupils* dislike for these subjects seemed t© be based on
the difficulty of the subject matter and on the fact that
these subjects appeared to have no value.
Landry report# on a study is mathematics failures in
lew Xork high schools in 1944, Eighteen and .six* tenths
per cent of all failures were in mathematics. Commenting
on this situation, Landry says: ttIt is needless to remind
the reader that mathematics was by implication accorded
the distinction of having a higher rate of pupil failure than
any other high-school subject.
In eleven l?ew York high schools pupils who were talcing
mathematics were placed in four groups t (1) excellent,
(2) barely passing, (3) just falling, and (4) falling badly,
ftie Association ©f Mathematics Chairmen sent out a Question-
naire to students and teachers in an attempt to determine:
(1) What characteristies or attributes are associated with
pupils who are experiencing failure 1 mathematics? and
*%spy, slt>, p. 82.
"^Herbert L. Landry, "Study ©f Failure in Mathematics,"
High Points, XXfll (April, 1945), 18
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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/m1/38/: accessed November 18, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .