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: 72
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flie Teacher'3 Sesponslbllity
There are a few educators who place the responsibility
for prevention of failure on the part of the student squarely
upon the teacher. Ilyers says * nT® the real teacher each
failure is a problem which challenges attention. Be should
make a painstaking examination of studies in this field,
reehecking Ma own ideas on the subject, Yet Ilyers
recognises that this is an immense task, far he addst
What should a teacher do who stands for educational
Ideals and yet is unwilling to add to a condition of
maladjustment by stamping the student with the nark
of failure? Can the teacher preserve his standards
and yet avoid building up an Inferiority complex in
the mind of the child?2!
Soscoe Pulliam, superintendent of the larrlsburg, Illi-
nois« schools, sayss
fhere was a tins when teachers prided themselves on
the hi# standards they maintained, and felt that
their responsibility was discharged when they failed
to promote pupils who did not come upto certain set
standards, or conform to ironclad rules of the school.
Jit moat, all that the teacher was expected to do was
to inflict a few penalties on tits unsuccessful pupil
as he went along, in an effort, presumably, to sake
failure so uncomfortable that the pupil would suc-
ceed in spite of any handicaps that might hamper
Fulllam continues t
The modern teacher realises that pupils do not all
possess the same degree of natural ability to
SOjfyers, og. clt., pp. 306-309. g3-Ibld.
2%os®oe Pulliam, ^treating the Child tub© Is Falling,"
Education, XUX (April, 1929),
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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/m1/78/: accessed March 17, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .