Skip to comments.Are You Smarter Than A 1954 8th Grader?
Posted on 09/14/2010 8:32:16 AM PDT by conservativegramma
IMO this test should be brought back and not only for 8th graders, but should be mandatory for anyone to pass prior to being registered to vote!
Nevertheless, this definitely answers the question why so many of our children are clueless, and so many of us seasoned citizens actually do have a functioning knowledge of how our govt is supposed to work.
I hope so...I was a 9th grader in 1954.
You would have to add a section for all the Czars in addition to the Cabinet members.
Okay, so did you read the link? Did you get a test like that one say in 1953????
All the correct answers about the Constitution in 1954 would be wrong today.
Your damn right, I got straight A’s in the 8th grade in 1949.
True, plus there would have to be more Cabinet members than this test lists.
On the other hand though, if more Americans really understood and voted for the Consitution rather than party politics, would we even have Obama let alone all his Czars???? Your Czar point affirms why this test is needed!
These tests are given to our immigrants when they want to become citizens. I often think that at least Americans should have to take this test just to see how they do. You never want to have a test to vote. That would be horrible for everyone.
As much as I read, I’d flunk this test.
I carry a copy of the Constitution in my purse and refer to it frequently.
We were in DC for the 8/28 event, I was quietly embarrassed when I couldn’t come up with the number of amendments, let alone what each is and its number.
If you got all As, then you should know it’s “you’re”. LOL
I was less that one year old.
God, how I yearn for the good ol' days when people were instructed on the basic tenets of our American rights...
“i” should be “I”
More horrible than millions voting with no knowledge of how our govt is supposed to function?
When I was in High School you had to take a government/civics/constitution class (call it what you will) in order to graduate — if you failed — tough rocks, you had to take it over again.
When my kids were in High School that government class had disappeared into the dust bin of history.
So today, would we be required to know all 15 Cabinet positions and 41 czars?
“That would be horrible for everyone.”
nope, it would keep idiots and stupid people from voting!
80. The President must be a_______________ citizen.
The test itself would not be a problem (Even the great Ronaldus Magnus thought voting was too easy.) The problem is just who will administer and grade the test and therefore determine who will be able to vote.
I don't trust any government employee to do that.
I have often thought there should be a test in order to register to vote. For example:
1.) What is your name? (Maybe 95% would get this right)
2.) What is your sex? (Again, maybe 95% get this right)
3.) What is the number for 9-1-1? (This is the clincher)
You have to score 100%.
I avoided all english classes in school by being smart enough to take journalism every year after the 6th grade and immediatly signing up to sell advertising for the school paper and never having to ever write anyting!!!!
I did have to take one semester of dumbell english in college.
I hate engkish and doin;t give a rzts ass about spelling or grammer!!!
In fact i intentionally misspell just to piss off control freeks here!
eg: Fill in the blank - Congress shall make _______law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
1954 correct answer - NO
2010 correct answer - If THEY FEEL LIKE IT A
This test was about 25 years before I was even thought of! lol
If these were questions for the 8th grader, what did they ask in college-level political science course at that time?
Welp Dailread, why don’t you write your posts in spanish, russian, french if you hate engilch?
I was dumber because I was an 8th grader in ‘55.
Go to hell!!!
Nothing on the test about how to properly put a condom on a cucumber??? No extra credit for “feeling good about yourself?” Yep...todays’ kids would be doomed.
How many of them could program a DVR?
Was that font available in 1954?
personally I thought they liked bland food.
Just develop the questions further...
how do they get their jobs,what is their task, who do they report to, how can they be removed etc?
Eventually what to you agree with and what could be done better.
The Supreme Court was studied by their writings and conclusions. Effect of their rulings was big time essay work!
Now that is International Language! LOL
I would say that my 8th grade in 1977 was at a comparable level. Rather than knowing all the cabinet posts, however, we had to know the presidents. All of them. In order. Today, there are many more cabinet posts. We certainly went over the Bill of Rights in similar detail. Keep in mind that kids have a general idea of what will be on the test, study, take, and forget in a few months some of what they crammed for the test. That was true in 1954.
That is so true....could you imagine all the democrats passing and the Republicans (especially conservatives) failing. I seriously can see that happening...sadly....the reason for sadly is because the government has become so corrupt that trust is an issue.
My 9th grade civics teacher had similar expectations for his class. He drilled the Bill of Rights and Amendments into us until everyone had memorized them. (He was ex military and acted like a drill sargeant in class.)
Let’s see I would have been in 9th grade in 1968. So at that point they were still teaching the info contained in that test.
No. It would ensure that the Democrats vote and the Republicans don’t. You really think that this would be a fairly graded test??????
Thanks. Unfortunately, what college students learn today is basically the same as those college-level questions, without them mastering the basic facts like those in the past. Plus, how the constitution and political system built on it have been a tool of oppressions.
I was an 8th grader in 54-55:), so I hope I was smarter, at least then, than a 5th grader.
If the test graders were honest than perhaps I could go with this, but you know for sure that the Democrats would all pass and somehow all the Republicans would fail. They would rig the test just like they rig the elections. I am surprised that some don’t see this. I know that many of you are big time government folks and trust them 100 percent but I sure don’t. Yell “Everyone take a test to vote” and you will see what happens when the government gives these tests! (I am not referring to you but just in general). I KNOW YOU ARE NOT A BIG TIME GOVERNMENT TYPE!!!! I KNOW THAT 100 PERCENT!!!!
We all have NO problem understanding No. 80.....but, that’s our common sense, which is forbidden in today’s court system. Otherwise, Tort-lotto would not be in existence as it is today. It’s ALWAYS somebody else’s fault, as long as they have $$$$ to grab.
When I was in school we took the test in the 8th grade in order to move on to HS. We then had to take a similar, but tougher, test when we were seniors in order to graduate. No pass on either test you failed that grade, whether it was 8th grade or 12th. Back in the good old days when you actually had to learn what was taught and you never learned how to use a condom in school!
It’s hard to tell.
The answers are all written in some bizarre loopy all-connected-up style.
Who the hell can read that?
I dare say the average 2010 College graduate could not pass this test.
Liberals must have the populous stupid and needy to retain power and they have succeeded through dumbing down the U.S. Education system.
They are or "were" less detailed. My wife took one years ago to get her citizenship. The questions were very basic: "What are the branches of government?; How many senators does each state have?; etc." The examiner, a judge, could tell that she knew it well but went through the motions anyway. He finally got to the question "Who was president during the Civil War?". She grinned at him and replied, "Jefferson Davis". He laughed and said, "You pass."
I wonder if they have that sense of humor these days.
We didn't even know what a condom was. I'll bet some of my teachers wouldn't have either, as it was called something else.
“These tests are given to our immigrants when they want to become citizens.
They are or “were” less detailed. My wife took one years ago to get her citizenship. The questions were very basic: “What are the branches of government?; How many senators does each state have?; etc.” The examiner, a judge, could tell that she knew it well but went through the motions anyway. He finally got to the question “Who was president during the Civil War?”. She grinned at him and replied, “Jefferson Davis”. He laughed and said, “You pass.”
“I wonder if they have that sense of humor these days.”
I think you really know the answer to that question: Hell no!
Interesting stuff, but I simply cannot see it very well.