Kristan T. Harris | The Rundown Live

A Kentucky 8th grade exam from 1912 was donated to the Bullitt County history museum. The questions feature the fundamental foundation of education that we seem to have lost due to the dumbing down of the American education system.

Now with the common core epidemic we can see our youth transformed by a cookie cut education system and a near total loss of critical and independent thinking.

If you can not read the fine print or zoom in here are some examples of 8th grade level testing in 1912.

Define the following terms of government: Democracy, Limited Monarchy, Absolute Monarchy, Republic. Give Examples of Each.

To what four governments are students in school subjected?

Name 5 county officers and the principal duties of each.

Give 3 duties of the president. What is meant by VETO power?

Give at least 5 rules to be observed in maintaining good health?

Define Cerebrum; Cerebellum

Name the organs of circulation.

How many parts of speech are there? Define each.

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1912 School Exam

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  • K F Swartz

    OK-which of these questions has relevance to living our lives? It could be looked at as a memory test, then the subject matter immediately forgotten (except for what is actually useful). Like many of the tests I had to suffer through growing up.

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  • dredzo

    Interesting, but Turkey was not a country in 1912. It was the Ottoman Empire, and was not the Republic of Turkey until 1923

  • Ashley Worrell

    Not necessarily dumbed down, just different areas of study. This test shows the importance of government at the time (immense) since the country was in the middle of a complete economical and cultural turnaround. At this point in time, we’re trying to broaden the areas of study to all students, instead of merely focusing on the basics of each subject and including currently unimportant facts about our local government. Modern classes are also much more complex and cover a wide range of subjects that would have never ever been taught in schools in 1912, such as psychology (which really didn’t even exist back then), creative writing, anatomy and physiology, and many other classes that are now available to anyone who wants to take them. And let’s not talk about the literacy rates of then vs. now, or the amount of college graduates of BOTH sexes and all races. To simply say education has been “dumbed down” is frankly idiotic. Circumstances have changed, ideologies have broadened, and the importance of some subjects have increased or decreased. I’d also like to point out how the article says individualism has decreased since 1912 — which is completely inaccurate.

    • Michael P. Molloy

      >>Modern classes are also much more complex and cover a wide range of subjects that would have never ever been taught in schools in 1912, such as psychology (which really didn’t even exist back then), creative writing, anatomy and physiology, and many other classes that are now available to anyone who wants to take them.<<
      There was a whole section on "Physiology" in the above exam and Anatomy is a synonym for physiology. LOL
      Also people have been studying psychology for 100s if not 1000s of years. And I'm sure there were no creative writers before 100 years ago (Yah)… Are you trying to provide anecdotal evidence to support the poster's contention?

      • Untypical Geek

        But I ask you the same question I asked Ashley above.

        • Michael P. Molloy

          Why are you asking me this? Are you not aware that I was replying to Ashley???

          • Untypical Geek

            When you post in public, expect others to join in, silly!

          • Michael P. Molloy

            So you didn’t really have a reason then!

          • Untypical Geek

            Had a reason to reply, but you have no reason to object. Even in my FB page I can, if I wish, create groups and limit my discussions to them and no others.

          • Michael P. Molloy

            Gibberish is not really a response!

      • Triangle Mann

        The “physiology” of the early 20th century doesn’t count, since physicians were still treating every ailment with mercury. Students today have to learn actual physiology, all the history that occurred since 1912, all the technological advances, medical advances, and all the scientific discoveries that have been made since then too. In case you haven’t been keeping track, there were a lot.

        • Michael P. Molloy

          That’s sound logic… I mean, none of the medicines we use now have any side effects and certainly no one dies from these treatments! Try again!

          • Alvilliel

            This comment makes no sense. Are you high?

        • Adam Brian

          Right. That’s why I said this is an obvious fake. At that. When it said Kentucky. LMAO. That should have really given it away. Southern STates are the dumbest in the Union.

    • Untypical Geek

      Lovely little evasive justification tap dance there, child, but you are avoiding the actual point, which is: could you even *pass* this test (allowing for a grade of D-)?

      At the very least could you pass Spelling with a 95? I would hope so!
      What about the Arithmetic portion?
      The Grammar?
      Physiology (and we are not even going into great depth!)?
      Can you correctly answer ANY of the History questions?
      Could you answer even half of the Geography questions (with names brought up to date)?
      How about the Civil Government questions? If not, let’s hope you don’t plan to run for office. At the very least (and I’m not going to teach the good reasons) that would explain why elected reps get away with such crap by the people.

      Could I pass this whole test, either? No, though parts of it I could pass, but I don’t get defensive, make excuses or justify why. Instead, I plan to go through it and actually learn what I don’t know and not just memorize answers. As a result, I hope to become a better educated and informed individual.

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  • Adam Brian

    Not very good, and an obvious fake. The questions are asking things that were not even applicable for the times. So an obvious fake. Dredzo found one with Turkey, but there are so many more it is obviously a fake.

  • Dennis Utley

    I would like to call it fake just because I couldn’t pass it. My Grandfather had a copy of his 8th grade test from Oregon, very similar to this one, hard to pass.