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: 3
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to obtain an objective picture of failure in secondary
Limitations of the Study
la the beginning, it should be made clear that it is
necessary to limit the definition of failure in the context
©f this study. The tern i® used exclusively to denote fail-
ure on the part of the pupil to meet definite requirements
and standards in courses in high school, ft is not implied
that accepted tests of subject failure are the only criteria
by which a pupil may be adjudged a failure in school. There
is, of course, the aspect ©f failure in personal adaptation
and in integration of the pupil's life in his social en-
vironment, but these phases are beyond the scope of this
Evolution of Concepts of
It is natural that some rigid standard for judging
failure in the performance of school work should have grown
up in the early days of curriculum planning for secondary
schools. fhe Committee of fen, an officially appointed
body of the National Education Association for the study of
curriculum planning, took the step of laying down a uniform
plan for treating subject matter in high schools.3
3nat!onal Education Association, Report of the Committee
of fen on Secondary School Studies, 189*# p* 51.
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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/m1/9/: accessed July 28, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .