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This could work !!!

Let's go back to giving the kids ONLY an 8th grade education!!!!

Wow!!!!!!!! In the past two decades, we have dummied-down our schools to
make all students successful, that I doubt if college students could answer most
of these questions. I know most adults cannot write a check or figure interest
or balance checkbooks!!!!! This is a great e-mail.

What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895...

Remember when grandparents and great-grandparents stated that they only had an 8th grade education? Well, check this out. Could any of us have passed the 8th grade in 1895?

This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina , Kansas , USA . It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina , and reprinted by the Salina Journal.
8th Grade Final Exam: Salina , KS - 1895

Grammar (Time, one hour)
1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.
3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph
4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of 'lie,''play,' and 'run.'
5. Define case; illustrate each case.
6 What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation.
7 - 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time,1 hour 15 minutes)
1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
2. A wagon box is 2 ft. Deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. Wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3,942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1,050 lbs. For tare?
4. District No 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find the cost of 6,720 lbs. Coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent..
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. Long at $20 per metre?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)
1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton , Bell , Lincoln , Penn, and Howe?
8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.

Orthography (Time, one hour)
[Do we even know what this is??]

1. What is meant by the following: alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals
4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u.' (HUH?)
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e.' Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis-mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup.
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane , vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

Geography (Time, one hour)
1 What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas ?
3. Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of North America
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia , Odessa , Denver , Manitoba , Hecla , Yukon , St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each.
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.

Notice that the exam took FIVE HOURS to complete.
Gives the saying "he only had an 8th grade education" a whole new meaning, doesn't it? Also shows you how poor our education system has become.

And, NO, I don't have the answers! :D

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That's very interesting!! I have seen studies done on creativity, and kids in grade 1 were way more creative than ones in high school.

I think they are making our kids dumber..........


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It all make sence in the long run. I am not a conspiracy thoery nut or anyhting, but it makes sence if you understand that an uneducated population is easier to rule and control. Face it, you don't hear the ruthless dictators of the world raving about thier remarkable education systems. Every politician in the U.S. runs on campaigns raving about education reform, but the only thing that ever happens is the schools get burdened to deal with more bureaucratic bull crap with less funding. It is the impact the wealthy have on the system as well. Uneducated people make cheaper laborers.

There have been a ton of phsycological studies done in the realm of education. There are simple changes that could be implemented that would have a major impact on the quality of education kids recieve.

#1-Segregate classes. Boys and girls learn differently, and trying to teach them the same way is a flop. Boys are more tactile, driven to be physical, and need more active learning environments than are offered in the current school system. That is why boys are far more likely to drop out than girls, and the boys that graduate high school are far less likely to go to college. Boys are also far more competitive with each other and easily distracted when girls are around. We only have one thing on our minds from birth to death...

#2-Dietary changes. School lunches are made from cheap foods that are high in sugar and fats. There is also an abundance of soda machines and candy available at schools today. I don't remember where it is, but one district banned all soda and candy, and changed the lunch menu to include higher quality food. They immediately saw changes in behavior, with students paying more attention in class, and test scores going up. There was also a drop in diciplinary actions. The changes didn't even cost them more money.

That is my two cents on the subject. I am 27 and in college now, and I wish to god my high school education was better. I have been playing catch up on math since I seperated from the military 3 years ago, and I still have a long way to go before I can transfer into my degree program. Somethings got to change...

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Thats cool, But where do we get the answers. Hell, If I find the answers I will be a genius nowadays :eek::D:)

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An ecylopedia??? Is that one of them there new fangled electric scooters or something??:eek::D LOL


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Of course we all know that one of the worst dictators the world has ever seen came to power in a nation that was the most educated in Europe...... Educated in what way and to what standards is anyone's guess.....
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