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: 39
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type. In both ©f these considerable election is permitted
pupils in arranging their programs. This freedom of choice
is in itself fraught with the potentiality of failure, since
it introduces competition among subjects, increases the
difficulty ©f obtaining unbiased consideration of curricu-
lum problems by members ©f the teaching staff, and adds to
the danger that pupils will select "popular" ©©arses, re-
gardless ©f their need ©r their ability*
So far as ©an be ascertained, no studies are available
for a statistical analysis ©f failures as they exist be-
tween required courses and eleetlves. fhat a student or-
dinarily does well something that he likes and that he has
chosen to do is axiomatic. It is suggested that this would
be a fruitful area for further research in the field ©f
Summary of the Evidence Regarding
It is convenient at this stage to summarize the evi-
dence regarding high-school failures set forth thus far in
1. there is widespread evidence ©f an alarmingly high
percentage of failure among high-school pupils.
2. There seems to be a significant pattern when sub-
ject failures are ranked in percentage ©rder.
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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/m1/45/: accessed May 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .