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: 34
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sequential, social, and personal 1b its applications to the
affairs of life.*9 ■ ■
Failures In Shglish. — It is suggested that the high
place of English among subject failure* may be the result
not of failure to comprehend or write literate Snglish but
of the difficulty of constructing teats which will he ob-
jective and yet valid*
Progressive English teachers, who must usually
give numerous tests, are finding the new type ex-
amination an inestimable boon* It is easy to score
and makes feasible pupil correction either is class
or outside class* Being absolutely objective, it
Ms unique importance for English teachers because
their judgment of both oral and written compositions
is inherently and inevitably subjective and conduces
to prepossessions. . . . Prepossessions are seldom
shaken by the essay type of examination, but if
they are erroneous, they are dea&llshed by the dis-
closures of ihe objective test.^0
It Is easy to understand why a conscientious teacher may be
A1, \ '
attracted to the objective typ© test, but such a test is of
doubtful value In English because of the nature of the con-
tent in this field. Measurement of the appreciative and
esthetic values is of less significance than testing of the
informational side of the subject, fhe latter Is readily
susceptible to objective testing, whereas the former Is more
doubtful. This fact helps to account, perhaps, for the high
20Tlrginia J. Craig, the Teaching of High School Baa-
lish, p. 291♦
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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/m1/40/: accessed July 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .