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: 61
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, . . can a pupil be said to have failed if he works
to the heat of his ability, works conscientiously
and continuously, and still does not reach a stand-
ard set without regard t® Ms native ability?
failed In what? He pupil tea here elearlyfailed
to pasa* a standard which he could never pass under
any known circumstances. The objection may be
raised at this point that the standard may not he
wholly arbitrary, but determined by the average per-
formance of large numbers of pupils. ... If a pu-
pil works to the best of Ms ability, expends his
best efforts, and still does not come up to the av-
erage . , , has ha failed? Obviously not. ...
XO one would think of making a child repeat his
ninth year ®f life, but schools constantly require
pupils to repeat a grade la which the pupil has al-
ready done as well as Ms ability and strength per-
mit him to. The pupil needs not repetition of the
same experiences but more experiences of a similar
nature and more time In wMch to grow.*
Guidance as a Preventive
the guidance program as a preventive ©f failure is
fairly recent in Mgh-school administration. However, many
large school systems and some smaller ones use the plan of
counseling with students who are near the danger line of
failure. Some schools, in order t© prevent failure, use
the guidance method throughout the student's Mgh-school
career. Frequent conferences with students on their prog-
ress in various studies reveal problems and point ©ut needs.
Outstanding accomplishment in failure prevention and
the raising of scholar sMp as a whole Is reported by Bis bee,
Jwiniaa H. Burton, Guidance of learning Activities.
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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/m1/67/: accessed April 29, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .