No question, the classrooms around 1915 really educated the students. Not even close now.
The point I was trying to make is that under the Constitution the states are responsible for education, not the federal government. The government usurped the rights of the states ]with the Department of Education, the intrusion into education with billions of dollars and their love affair with the teachers unions.
Good point. I have a feeling that if you go back prior to 1962 (when SCOTUS ruled against prayer in the school) that it has been dramatically downhill ever since then. I would say you could take any level of education, especially in the 1800's & 1700's, and the scholarship in math, reading, literature, science, geography, foreign languages, speech, would literally blow away today's students as well as today's teachers.
We have a bunch of socialist commie pig union "educated" idiots teaching a bunch of lazy, unruly, moronic, even bigger idiots. Parents, get your kids out of the socialist, homo/lesbian & islamic indoctrination centers known as public schools and unfortunately even many Catholic schools. The Catholic high school in my city (Rochester, MN) is every bit as socialist liberal as the public schools.