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: 67
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In Ifyers* "mastery" plan, citizenship., la its broadest con-
notation, is the chief subject of study. He admit© that
the weak student may get only a limited portion of knowl-
edge but contends that the child will he preserved from the
feeling-®? "failure" as a human being.11
Barton ia a stanch advocate of the adaptable curricu-
lum as a means of reducing failure. Be proposes a "continu-
ous progress* system, fhis continuous progress, of course,
is to he judged is terms of the capacity of the individual
student, fhls would involve re-arranging all curricula,
methods of teaching, and standards, in the light of known
facts hearing upon the ability, interests, and needs ©f the
learner* It would also mean complete re-organization of the
philosophy of education and administration. Arbitrary grade
standards would disappear. Mrectional progress and re~
medial work would be prominent.12
fhe Bibbing, Minnesota, High School conducted an-ex-
periment in curriculum rearrangement for failing students.
Beginning with a survey of the number of pupils who dropped
out of school and the subjects in which they tailed, the
administration Instituted a drastic change la required
courses for graduation. Such courses as English, mathemat-
ics, and social studies were placed on three levels of
**Ibld. ^Barton, og, dlt., p. #50.
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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/m1/73/: accessed October 19, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .