Skip to comments.What 8th-Graders Were Expected to Know in 1910
Posted on 06/14/2012 12:42:52 PM PDT by QT3.14
The following 8th-grade exit exam materials for Washington state in 1910....
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And the answer for 2012 is?
“What causes the difference in climate between Eastern and Western Washington? “
WHAT???? you mean geography plays a role in climet???? Heaven forfend
That’s racist and possibly sexist!
I noticed that there were no questions regarding LGBTQ history or how to put on a condom.
Many 8th graders now couldn’t even interpret the questions, much less answer them.
‘A gardener sells his celery for 8 1/3 cents per bunch. How many bunches should he give for $5.00?’
LOL, thats when money was worth something!
Nice test but how could it possibly apply today? First, it requires work which is anathema. Second it might result in failure and we couldnt have that! Third there’s not enough time left over from doing the self esteem lessons. We’re ALL winners you know.... LOL, they really were the good ole days....well at least not so politically correct.
What’s a Puritns?
I have a 1979 WA history text book (for public screwel children). Among the over-emphasized minorities are Jews. How things have changed.
Proud European-American Honky Cracka! /sarc
People seem to think education and intelligence are synonymous. An eight grade student back then is about equivalent to a first year college student today . Maybe. Could be even higher too. Look at what passes for a college grad today. They might just be able to parse a verb or even balance their checkbook although I doubt it.
These are just as much gimme questions as anything today. Especially that one. The answer is: Duh! Big ol' mountain range in the middle.
Wow. I think I could pass it but not easily (especially if there was a short time limit).
Most Americans were not expected to progress beyond eighth grade and they often graduated from eight grade at an older age than the age of 13 common today.
The notion of high school as being a standard level of education for all adults dates to the 1930s-1940s.
“What causes the difference in climate between Eastern and Western Washington?”
All the Speechifying from the politicians.
It’s clear that the WA schools were much more demanding in 1910, but how was the self esteem of the students? It was clearly possible that this test could pose a substantial threat to the self esteem of any student who wasn’t applying himself in school.
Prior to about 1910, 8th grade was often the highest grade attended by boys of working class families. In my family, in rural PA, the girls went on to finish high school and normal school. the boys went to work.
General Question 6. If you succeed in obtaining an eighth grade diploma, do you expect to attend school next term? Where?
Answer: University of Washington
I suspect that only a minority of high school seniors today could pass such an exam. Expectations sure have plummeted.
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