Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Another Look at an 8th Grade Education

Lone Pony offers an 8th Grade final exam from Kansas in 1895. I can't answer all the questions though I **think** I would pass it.

8th Grade students today really have it easy.


Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Thanks for sending me, now I feel like an idiot.

6:17 PM  
Blogger Lone Pony said...

Scary "aint" it Shoprat? lol That is one of the reasons I try to "teach the hell out of my kids" everyday. (Sorry for the curse word.)

Another teacher and I banter that phrase around with pride. (Privately, of course.) It motivates us.

It scares me to think about other countries pulling ahead of us in educating our kids. That's what I'm fighting.

8:17 PM  
Blogger armed_and_christian said...

I tutor college students who can barely identify a noun, and couldn't pick a prepositional phrase out of a sentence if their salvation depended on it. There were questions in that exam that made my head hurt just reading them. I think part of the difference between students then and now is that students then were putting that knowledge to use at home (on the farm). Another big difference is that they were expected to perform instead of being surrounded by teachers who just want to pass them on to be someone else's problem, and in a society that is obsessed with making sure their self-esteem remains unassailable.

11:06 PM  

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