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: 42
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Ms outlook and is as ardent proponent of saving all pupil®
from the stigjaa of failure. He says that the old-time tra-
ditional teacher diagnosed causes of failure very easily.
A pupil who did sot learn lacked mental ability. It was
also frequently stated that "he could learn, but h just
won*t work.1*1 In commenting on tills idea, Burton sayss
Simple, superficial answers are more dangerous
than m answers at all* . . . causes of pupil fail-
ure are actually wry complex and numerous. A com-
bination of causes is usually found. Secondary
causes are often treated as if they were primary.
Symptoms are often confused with causes. k given
factor may be both a symptom and a cause, depend-
ing on the level of analysis.2
Burton continues by stating that the majority of failure®
in the traditional school are not pupil failures, but are
rather failures of the school, the home, or of some other
environmental factor, fhey become the failure of the
school when it does not succeed in discovering the nature
of the child* ®fhe modem school would regard as failing
only the pupil who was not learning so well as his own
native ability and rat© of growth permit,"3 fbls is, of
course, an Ideal in which all high-school teachers and ad-
ministrative leaders should be vitally Interested.
Burton*s conclusions as to genuine causes of failure
may be examined at this point. He says that a coherent,
■ ^William G. Burton, fhe guidance of beaming Activi-
ties, p. *49*
gIbld. 3Ibid., p. 451.
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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/m1/48/: accessed July 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .