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: 69
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Effectiveness of the Mastery
Can this adaptable curriculum or "mastery" plan be
adapted to the traditional high school? Most educators who
advocate it "believe that it can, but that progress toward
this ideal is necessarily slow, Bemedlal work is evidently
the initial step. In their first efforts to save pupils
from failure, many schools went to the extreme and promoted
all students indiscriminately, This method relieved every-
body from responsibility, but the result was chaos. "An
un-reconstructed school cannot have a true no-fallure pro-
gram, because chaos results In trying to establish it un-
der standards existing.
Psychological fests as
There are those who believe tint all failures in high
school should be eliminated if an adequate system of psy-
chological testing could be set in order before the student
enters secondary classes. The purpose of these tests would ,
be to screen individuals so as to determine mental ability
and inclinations, fhen the student would be placed in a
course of study in which he could be successful.
In an anonymous article, 'failure in School Can Be Pre-
dicted, " the statement is made that school success or failure
"^Burton, og. ©it., p. *52«
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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/m1/75/: accessed March 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .