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: 58
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are border-Hue causes In each category which are not to-
eluded In the statistics.
In awmarlzixig the preceding data on causes of failure,
some very evident, conclusions present themselves, fhe most
obvious one is that very few failures appear to he due to
physical or mental handicaps. Both pupil and teacher ques-
tionnaires show these to be negligible as compared with so-
cial and environmental causes.
The outstanding types of pupil failures are those of
lack of application to work and lack of interest in school.
That these are primary causes is maintained by the majority
of both students and teachers, but one must insist that
they are conditioned by a multitude of secondary causes
auch as absence from school, poor equipment, improper home
conditions, poor teacher attitudes, psychological inse-
curity, and the like. For this reason, as suggested by
Burton, educators can no longer evade responsibility for
failure by saying that a pupil is mentally ©r physically
unable to learn. For each pupil, failure has a long case
history and is a challenge to the school in which he is en-
rolled and to the teachers who seek to guide his develop-
ment and progress.
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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/m1/64/: accessed February 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .