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Are You Smarter Than A 1954 8th Grader?
blackinformant.com ^ | September 14, 2010

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.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 1954; dalereed; test
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1 posted on 09/14/2010 8:32:17 AM PDT by conservativegramma
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To: conservativegramma
Are You Smarter Than A 1954 8th Grader?

I hope so...I was a 9th grader in 1954.

2 posted on 09/14/2010 8:35:04 AM PDT by lonestar (Barry is furious the big spill wasn't caused by EXXON...would have nationalized it by now.)
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To: conservativegramma

You would have to add a section for all the Czars in addition to the Cabinet members.


3 posted on 09/14/2010 8:35:32 AM PDT by DManA
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To: lonestar

Okay, so did you read the link? Did you get a test like that one say in 1953????


4 posted on 09/14/2010 8:36:14 AM PDT by conservativegramma
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To: conservativegramma

All the correct answers about the Constitution in 1954 would be wrong today.


5 posted on 09/14/2010 8:36:25 AM PDT by DManA
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To: conservativegramma

Your damn right, I got straight A’s in the 8th grade in 1949.


6 posted on 09/14/2010 8:37:59 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: DManA
You would have to add a section for all the Czars in addition to the Cabinet members.

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!

7 posted on 09/14/2010 8:38:10 AM PDT by conservativegramma
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To: conservativegramma

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.


8 posted on 09/14/2010 8:38:13 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: conservativegramma

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.


9 posted on 09/14/2010 8:38:37 AM PDT by FrogMom (No such thing as an honest democrat!)
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To: dalereed

If you got all As, then you should know it’s “you’re”. LOL


10 posted on 09/14/2010 8:39:14 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012 (Proud Infidel)
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To: conservativegramma

I was less that one year old.


11 posted on 09/14/2010 8:39:52 AM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: conservativegramma
When i was in 7th grade, all students had to pass a test over the Constitution and operation of government in order to be ALLOWED to pass 7th grade. If anybody failed the test, they were held back in 7th grade, NO QUESTIONS ASKED AND NO EXCUSES ACCEPTED!

God, how I yearn for the good ol' days when people were instructed on the basic tenets of our American rights...

12 posted on 09/14/2010 8:39:58 AM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly ("Mantra of the left: 'It's only okay when WE do it.'")
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To: EnigmaticAnomaly

“i” should be “I”


13 posted on 09/14/2010 8:40:52 AM PDT by EnigmaticAnomaly ("Mantra of the left: 'It's only okay when WE do it.'")
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To: napscoordinator
That would be horrible for everyone.

More horrible than millions voting with no knowledge of how our govt is supposed to function?

14 posted on 09/14/2010 8:41:17 AM PDT by conservativegramma
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To: EnigmaticAnomaly

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.


15 posted on 09/14/2010 8:44:25 AM PDT by conservativegramma
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To: conservativegramma

So today, would we be required to know all 15 Cabinet positions and 41 czars?


16 posted on 09/14/2010 8:45:19 AM PDT by MichaelNewton
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To: napscoordinator

“That would be horrible for everyone.”

nope, it would keep idiots and stupid people from voting!


17 posted on 09/14/2010 8:46:17 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: conservativegramma

80. The President must be a_______________ citizen.


18 posted on 09/14/2010 8:46:30 AM PDT by saluki_in_ohio (I support statehood for Central and Southern Illinois. Let Cook County play with itself...)
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To: napscoordinator
You never want to have a test to vote. That would be horrible for everyone.

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.

19 posted on 09/14/2010 8:47:31 AM PDT by Gordon Pym
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To: conservativegramma

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%.


20 posted on 09/14/2010 8:50:22 AM PDT by bushbuddy
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To: ilovesarah2012

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!


21 posted on 09/14/2010 8:50:29 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: DManA

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.[1]

1954 correct answer - NO
2010 correct answer - If THEY FEEL LIKE IT A


22 posted on 09/14/2010 8:51:01 AM PDT by DManA
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To: All

This test was about 25 years before I was even thought of! lol


23 posted on 09/14/2010 8:51:40 AM PDT by ThePatrioticArtist (It's not the painting itself, but the message it sends that's important.)
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To: conservativegramma

If these were questions for the 8th grader, what did they ask in college-level political science course at that time?


24 posted on 09/14/2010 8:52:20 AM PDT by paudio (The Democrats have been majority in Congress since 2006, not 2008!)
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To: saluki_in_ohio
80. The President must be a_______________ citizen.

Non?

Kenyan?

Good?

Natural Born?

25 posted on 09/14/2010 8:56:23 AM PDT by misharu (US Congress = children without adult supervision.)
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To: dalereed

Welp Dailread, why don’t you write your posts in spanish, russian, french if you hate engilch?


26 posted on 09/14/2010 8:58:02 AM PDT by biff
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To: lonestar

I was dumber because I was an 8th grader in ‘55.


27 posted on 09/14/2010 8:58:39 AM PDT by badgerlandjim (Hillary Clinton is to politics as Helen Thomas is to beauty.)
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To: biff

Go to hell!!!


28 posted on 09/14/2010 9:00:50 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: conservativegramma

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.


29 posted on 09/14/2010 9:02:29 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax
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To: conservativegramma

How many of them could program a DVR?


30 posted on 09/14/2010 9:04:54 AM PDT by discostu (Keyser Soze lives)
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To: conservativegramma

Was that font available in 1954?


31 posted on 09/14/2010 9:07:15 AM PDT by ThomasThomas (I am working on it now!)
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To: Oldpuppymax

“seasoned citizens”

personally I thought they liked bland food.


32 posted on 09/14/2010 9:07:20 AM PDT by BenKenobi (We cannot do everything at once, but we can do something at once. -Silent Cal)
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To: paudio

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!


33 posted on 09/14/2010 9:07:29 AM PDT by 3D-JOY (Doris says: When you get a Geithner signed 1$ bill write in a red sharpie "tax cheat" over his name!)
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To: dalereed

Now that is International Language! LOL


34 posted on 09/14/2010 9:08:46 AM PDT by 3D-JOY (Doris says: When you get a Geithner signed 1$ bill write in a red sharpie "tax cheat" over his name!)
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To: conservativegramma

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.


35 posted on 09/14/2010 9:10:34 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics)
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To: Gordon Pym

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.


36 posted on 09/14/2010 9:11:00 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: conservativegramma

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.


37 posted on 09/14/2010 9:11:39 AM PDT by dawn53
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To: dalereed

No. It would ensure that the Democrats vote and the Republicans don’t. You really think that this would be a fairly graded test??????


38 posted on 09/14/2010 9:12:07 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: 3D-JOY

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.


39 posted on 09/14/2010 9:13:46 AM PDT by paudio (The Democrats have been majority in Congress since 2006, not 2008!)
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To: lonestar

I was an 8th grader in 54-55:), so I hope I was smarter, at least then, than a 5th grader.


40 posted on 09/14/2010 9:13:54 AM PDT by calex59
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To: conservativegramma

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!!!!


41 posted on 09/14/2010 9:15:17 AM PDT by napscoordinator
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To: conservativegramma

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.


42 posted on 09/14/2010 9:17:49 AM PDT by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: EnigmaticAnomaly

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!


43 posted on 09/14/2010 9:18:10 AM PDT by calex59
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To: conservativegramma

It’s hard to tell.
The answers are all written in some bizarre loopy all-connected-up style.

Who the hell can read that?


44 posted on 09/14/2010 9:19:06 AM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo is very wily)
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To: conservativegramma

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.


45 posted on 09/14/2010 9:20:35 AM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: Gordon Pym

Agreed


46 posted on 09/14/2010 9:20:35 AM PDT by Ellendra (I'll believe it's a crisis when the people who say it's a crisis, ACT like it's a crisis!)
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To: napscoordinator
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.

47 posted on 09/14/2010 9:26:05 AM PDT by DeFault User
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To: calex59
and you never learned how to use a condom in school!

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.

48 posted on 09/14/2010 9:33:43 AM PDT by Balding_Eagle (If America falls, darkness will cover the face of the earth for a thousand years)
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To: DeFault User

“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!


49 posted on 09/14/2010 9:37:35 AM PDT by BnBlFlag (Deo Vindice/Semper Fidelis "Ya gotta saddle up your boys; Ya gotta draw a hard line")
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To: conservativegramma

Interesting stuff, but I simply cannot see it very well.


50 posted on 09/14/2010 9:43:23 AM PDT by Radix ("..Democrats are holding a meeting today to decide whether to overturn the results of the election.")
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