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    Were children smarter a century ago? Test for eighth graders in Kentucky dated 1912 ignites debate over kids' intelligence today

    A general examination to test eighth grade students in Kentucky's Bullitt County school system in 1912 has stumped some adults and ignited a debate over the intelligence of children today.

    The arithmetic, geography, civil government, physiology, grammar and history questions range from 'What is a personal pronoun?' to 'Who first discovered Lawrence River?' and 'Define Cerebrum'.

    Posted on Lew Rockwell, the type-written test has promoted some adults to try and answer the questions, and caused some parents to critique the U.S. school system. >>>

    What is a 'pennyweigh', for example? The measurement is approximately 1.56grams, and the term derives from the weight of an English penny during the time of King Henry III.

    There has been no shortage of claims in recent years that education within America has declined.

    In 1995, the U.S. ranked second after New Zealand in terms of college graduation among 19 countries with comparable data. In 2010, it ranked 13th among 25 countries with comparable data.

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    Kids used to be equipped with critical thinking skills prior to todays 'enlightened' big govt indoctrination centers. Wouldnt surprise me one bit if many of todays college graduates couldnt pass an eighth graders test prior to 1950.









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    When I was a kid in the 70s, I read all of the Little House books. I remember thinking that some of Laura's assignments were tough-the students had to show off to the community how much they were learning, so she and her friend had to summarize American History to that point (the late 1880s), with her friend taking one half of it and she the other half. They also had to do "mental arithmatics", where they had to do their math verbally without using paper or the chalkboard to write out the work (my teachers wanted to see the work to ensure we didn't get the answers from someone else). And, they had to do all these things in front of an audience of taxpayers who wanted to see what their money was buying them.


    Yet, Laura and her friends didn't have to learn Algebra, Science was not a subject in her school, and they didn't have a library or the internet to access in order to help them get the information they needed to write papers on topics.

    So I would say that perhaps students were more disciplined in their approach 100 years ago, but they weren't necessarily smarter, depending on how we define smart.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janice View Post


    [B]Were children smarter a century ago?
    The short answer is no, children in general were not smarter a century ago. The true answer is more complex.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Novaheart View Post
    The short answer is no, children in general were not smarter a century ago. The true answer is more complex.
    Do not listen to nova, but he is right that he is not smarter than a child!

    That test has alot of the things that we were taught back in the 60's. Of course I do not remember my lessons at this late date! But when you are in school you should be studying and doing homework. So YES, they were smarter, but they didn't learn diversity!! Or condom 101!

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    Short answer, yes:


    Oh, and this "Zinny" is just as dumb as these women.
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    They need to eliminate abortion and go back to the Darwinian methods of the past for child rearing, metal playground equipment, bikes on streets with no helmets, bullies in school yard, small sharp metal toys, smoking in the boys room,the strong, smart and cunning survive!

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    The dumbing down of our once great country is intentional. If people could think, they wouldnt be fooled or controlled so easily. And I seriously doubt the democrat party could have survived any other way. Think about it. Theres no way an unvetted, marxist, muslim, socialist nobody (someone we know nothing about) would have been elected President back then.

    And then to add insult to folly the so called opposing party construct would so eagerly desire to become 'like' the dems... or 'dem lite' to be more 'popular' in the media and the dc circuit.

    Even the supremes are egregiously affected. Imagine what happens when this generation becomes the 'leadership'. Self esteem and 'affirmative action' will be all the rage.

    Is there a dumber voting public anywhere? And look at the massive expense of all this illiteracy and indoctrination ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janice View Post

    Imagine what happens when this generation becomes the 'leadership'.
    Not likely, we are reaching the end of self rule.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rockntractor View Post
    They need to eliminate abortion and go back to the Darwinian methods of the past for child rearing, metal playground equipment, bikes on streets with no helmets, bullies in school yard, small sharp metal toys, smoking in the boys room,the strong, smart and cunning survive!
    Damn Rock, Thats the good old days!

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    You can't form a valid opinion from that test. In the first place, we have no idea what percentage of students took the test or what percentage passed it. Some of the information is no longer useful. By the same token, we have kids today who can do things with computers that were once considered specialized skills.

    We value some knowledge less than we once did and some more than we once did. In general, we recognize that anything which can be easily retrieved from the internet doesn't need to be committed to memory. We now think it's more important to study the culture of history than to memorize the dates. We think it's more important to be able to describe national differences than physical location. I am not saying it's right or wrong, just different.

    Doing math in your head is a good skill and trick, but teachers always wanted you to "show your work" otherwise they would accuse you of cheating. Then came calculators and they said that you should continue to show your work in writing in case you were stranded on a desert island without a calculator. Now, they require calculators in advanced math course and only care about the correct answer.
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