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No, You're Probably Not Smarter Than a 1912-Era 8th Grader


Society & Culture  (tags: children, education, exam, interesting, society, culture, americans )

Carrie
- 258 days ago - blogs.smithsonianmag.com
In the early years of the 20th century, the students in Bullitt County, Kentucky, were asked to clear a test that many full-fledged adults would likely be hard-pressed to pass today.



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Nancy M. (219)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 12:32 pm
As some one who has taught non-majors and majors Biology to college students-- WOW!
 

Nancy M. (219)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 12:33 pm
I have always thought that my grandmothers fifth grade education was better than HS today. Grams were born in 1896 and in 1905.
 

AntiTeapublican Progressive News (89)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 12:43 pm
I remember when I was in school, and my grandmother would teach me things the teachers didn't know how to do... especially in math. My grandmother just had a high school education and never went to college.
 

Val R. (208)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 1:15 pm
Our educational system in the US at least is created for us to regurgitate and not think and we are taught to be dumbed down - sad how some graduate without a 2nd grading reading level.
 

Birgit W. (135)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 2:19 pm
How much do we really remember from our school education?
 

GGmaSheila D. (89)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 6:21 pm
WOW...According to the number of questions I had no idea what the answer was, I'm a complete dunce. As someone who always thought herself rather smart - not a complete brain - It was embarassing to not know anything about 90% of that test. And humbling.
Noted with thanks (??).
 

Veronica C. (42)
Wednesday July 31, 2013, 9:32 pm
We've been dumbed down.
 

Fi T. (16)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 5:38 am
A nice challenge and reflection
 

Jaime A. (30)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 6:39 am
Noted.!
 

Zee Kallah (39)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 9:27 am
I am not a probably. I educated myself. l was not able to go to college.

However, later in life I took the GED test and came up in the top 90% of the nation,
Then I took 3 college course and I aced every one of them.

So, if you're Not Smarter Than a 1912-Era 8th Grader
you can remedy it.

 

Zee Kallah (39)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 9:31 am
Oh, by the way I didn't study for the GED like you're supposed to do,

I was hanging wistfully around the college. I learned they were giving the GED that day so I took it,

Educating one self can be most profitable.
 

Gene Jacobson (233)
Thursday August 1, 2013, 11:17 am
Well things had gotten considerably easier by the time I was a student beginning first grade in 1956 in a two room country school with two teachers for each four grades. Those two were graduates of St. Cloud Normal School (later to be my alma mater, St. Cloud State University) a two year teaching college. I attended that school (there were 5 kids in my class) until 8th grade. Then I went to the big school in town, 63 kids in my grade. I remember the consternation amongst many of my peers when in 10th grade English we were taught to diagram sentences, they were panicked - I had been taught how to do that in 5th grade. Those two teachers I had in those first 7 grades were amazing women - each preparing lesson plans for all subjects for four grades each and conducting classes while supervising the other three grades. High school was a cake walk for me, it was merely a repetition of things I had been taught in those first 7 years. We've not progressed much. Children are taught even more now than before, factoids so they can pass standardized tests, but they are not taught to think, how to analyze a problem and arrive at possible solutions. We are failing our children as our results show when compared to the rest of the world. Yet we are so arrogant as to believe we are still the superior society. What will the world look like when the rest of it realizes we are paper dragons and they have the education needed to blow right past us in every area of life? Some are already aware of this and the shifting global economy shows it. We haven't a chance to catch up until we stop congratulating ourselves on what our forebears accomplished in the 19th and 20th centuries and start preparing for the 21st which is now 13% over already. We won't have all the wealth much longer, though we have no clue that is the new paradigm. Our children will. Sadly.
 

Allan Yorkowitz (458)
Saturday August 3, 2013, 9:54 am
I was a high school English teacher for 8 years, and I had a problem with a third of the grammar.
 
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