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: 49
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Chambers makes the statement that lack of Interest
causes most failures, tout he hinges this lack of Interest
on continuous and frequent absence from school. He inter-
prets his listing (fable 13) to show that of the 150 fail-
ing graces recorded, absence is a contributing factor in
thirty-five per cent of the cases * whereas lack of interest
and consequent lack of application reflect themselves in
only fourteen per cent of the cases. Poor preparation seeias
to be the cause for twenty per cent of the cases. But who
can say that lack of interest is not responsible for both
absence and poor preparation?
An interesting implication of these findings
is the high correlation between attendance and
scholastic success* and the low correlation between
personality adjustment and scholastic success, This
contradicts usual findings that scholastic success
is not necessarily contingent upon attendance and
that pupils whose scholastic standing is low show
marked degrees of maladjustment **
fhe fact that failure because of physical handicaps is
in eleventh place and failure because of mental handicaps
is in tenth place lis evidence that most of the reasons for
failure, according to Chambers study, fall under the broad
head of social reasons.
Viewpoint of pupils. — G. A. Gardner, Principal of
fforth Side High School, Fort Worth, Texas, made a survey of
11*. Nix Chambers, ■ "What - Causes Failures ?" School
Executive, DOT (January, 19*6), 56-57.
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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/m1/55/: accessed February 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .