A 1912 eighth grade exam was recently gifted o the Bullitt County History Museum in Kentucky, and a sad realization comes over most anyone who reads this. The 1912 eighth grad exam is a good indication of how much academics have slipped in the last 100 years. This is one tough test to take today, but in 1912 eighth graders knew this stuff when graduating grammar school.
According to The Inquisitr on Aug. 12, this exam covers eight subjects and all the questions are just random examples of what the kids were expected to learn back then. The exam covers reading, spelling, arithmetic, grammar, physiology, history, government and geography. Before looking at the exam, many might think they’d be able to pass this without much effort, after all it is 100 years old. This is an exam that many college graduates would have trouble with today.
A museum volunteer David Lee Strange said, “For us, this is just fascinating. It puts us in the mindset of 1912.” This mindset was all about education and from the looks of this exam, it was a very rounded education that this particular eighth grade class was shooting for. This was during an era where middle schools didn’t exist, you went to grammar school and if you were lucky enough to pass the curriculum that included tests such as this one, you’d go on to high school.
This was back in the day were grades weren’t sugar coated or disguised. If you didn’t pull your weight in course work, you got an “F” which indicated a very definite failure. This was also during an era when young kids played a baseball, kickball, or basketball game and a score was kept. The mindset that competition isn’t good for kids didn’t come for another 80 or so years after this exam was given to actual eighth graders.
Take the exam then head of over to the Bullitt County History Museum website to check out the answers and how you did in comparison to other folks from today and 1912.
Check out the exam below:
1. Spell out these numbers: .00003, .5764, 43.37
2. Solve: 35.7, plus 4
3. Solve: At $1.62 1/2 a cord, what will be the cost of a pile of wood 24 feet long, 4 feet wide, and 6 feet 3 inches high?
1. What is a personal noun?
2. Define common noun, proper noun.
3. Adjectives have how many degrees of comparison? Compare good; wise; beautiful.
1. Locate Erie Canal; what waters does it connect, and why it is important.
2. Locate the following countries which border each other: Turkey, Greece, Serbia, Montenegro, and Romania.
3. Locate these cities: Mobile, Quebec, Buenos Aires, Liverpool, Honolulu.
1. How does the liver compare in size with other glands in the human body? Where is it located? What does it secrete?
2. Define Cerebrum and Cerebellum.
3. Where is the chief nervous center of the body?
1. Name and define the three branches of government in the United States.
2. Give three duties of the President. What is meant by the veto power?
3. Name three rights given Congress by the Constitution and two rights denied Congress.
1. Who first discover the following places: Florida, Pacific Ocean, Miss (Mississippi) River, St. Lawrence River?
2. Describe the battle of Quebec.
3. Name two Presidents who have died in office: three who were assassinated.
So now that you’ve read this you will probably agree that it’s not an easy feat and those eighth graders from 100 years ago had a lot to learn and remember. It might have been easier if it were a multiple choice, but even then it wouldn’t have been a piece of cake. What happened in the last 100 years to make this eighth grade exam seem so hard to even the most educated of folks today? Is the nation failing big time with the education it’s offering kids today, or were kids back in 1912 over worked? What do you think?