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: 60
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fills Increase la holding power seems to Indicate that
the longer a pupil remains 1a school, the less probability
there 1s of failure In his case. Spears advocates that
schools hold frequent meetings t© analyse their holding
power and that they discuss in faculty meetings the situa-
tion of loss of students, tracing the students who enter to
ascertain how many graduate. He also suggests that the
guidance department sake annual records of all who leave
school and the cause for leaving.
Failure of the school
That many educators feel that it is not the pupil who
has failed, hut the school, is evident from their statements
in the press and in teachers* conferences. Lindell says:
When the school is unable to do Its job, the
time-honored practice is to send a note home by the
pupil, saying that the child has failed. In the
first few years of my professional career as a
teacher I believed the child had failed. But for
the past fifteen years I have shifted the responsi-
bility. I believe that when the pupil does not
learn, to the maxJjatet of his capacity, the school
has failed. . . .
^ And so it goes. Teacher and principal, father
and mother, specialists of all kinds work closely to-
gether if the school is not to fail because when the
school falls the nation's greatest resource, man-
power, does not develop* Some children respond to
one kind of treatment and some to another. Unless
the school exhausts every resource, it has failed.2
^Spears, "High School las Yet to leach Its Full Stature,®
American School Board Journal, G3CVI (March, 19^8), 17-19.
^Albert L. Lindell, "When the School Fails," Journal
of Education, GXXXXI (April, 19*9), 108.
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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/m1/66/: accessed April 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .