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Old September 8, 2006, 10:47 AM
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What it took to get an 8th grade education in 1895...

--Remember when grandparents and great-grandparents stated that they only had an 8th grade education? Well, check this out. Could any of us have passed the 8th grade in 1895?
This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina, Kansas, USA. It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, KS, and reprinted by the Salina Journal.

8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, KS -1895

Grammar (Time, one hour)

1. Give nine rules for the use of capital letters.
2. Name the parts of speech and define those that have no modifications.
3. Define verse, stanza and paragraph
4. What are the principal parts of a verb? Give principal parts of"lie,""play," and "run."
5. Define case; Illustrate each case.
6 What is punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of punctuation.
7 - 10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

Arithmetic (Time, 1. 25 hours)

1. Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic. 2. A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
3. If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?
4. District No 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
5. Find the cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
6. Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
7. What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $20 per metre?
8. Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
9. What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance of which is 640 rods?
10. Write a Bank Check, a! Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)

1. Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.
2. Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus.
3. Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
4. Show the territorial growth of the United States.
5. Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.
6. Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
7. Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?

8. Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, 1865.

Orthography (Time, one hour) Do we even know what this is??

1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic, orthography, etymology, syllabication?
2. What are elementary sounds? How classified?
3. What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals
4. Give four substitutes for caret 'u.' (HUH?)
5. Give two rules for spelling words with final 'e.' Name two exceptions under each rule.
6. Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
7. Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, sup.
8. Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
9. Use the following correctly in sentences: cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
10. Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

Geography (Time, one hour)

1 What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
2. How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?
3 Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
4. Describe the mountains of North America
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fernandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S
7. Name all the republics of Europe and give the capital of each.
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
9. Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
10. Describe the movements of the earth. Give the inclination of the earth.

Notice that the exam took FIVE HOURS to complete. Gives the saying "he only had an 8th grade education" a whole new meaning, doesn't it? Also shows you how poor our education system has become...
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Old September 12, 2006, 08:25 AM
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Once again,

Another example of teaching children just enough head knowledge to barely get by. Maybe that's why our nation headed into the Great Depression of the 1920's.

What in that exam asked the questions about being entreprenual and how to make money?

That's why as a homeschool parent, my children are also taught how to start a business. They are given projects that allows them to provide a service or product to the public and must show how they made a profit after expenses.

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Old September 12, 2006, 08:53 AM
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Let's understand education. No I have an MBA and I could not pass that test. However if you gave me some time to study each subject I would pass it with flying colors. That is the meaning of education. I could answer some of those questions but certainly not get a passing grade, if I did not study the subjects currently.

Those kids in that time period studied those questions and subjects. Kids today study similar subjects, I think. Although they spend to much time with calculators and do not learn math the old way which is best. Today I, of course, use calculators. But I can tell when an answer is wrong. Because I learned the old way. If kids would study the same subjects some would pass the test even in today's world.
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Old September 12, 2006, 10:09 AM
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Clearly understand, I'm not down on education. I'm down on education that limits children from knowing how to be an asset to themselves, their community and their nation at the elementry levels.

When you have to wait until you are an adult, to learn how to make money, then the previous education was only designed to fill your head with information.

If that information isn't designed to direct the individual on how to profit from it, where it supports them financially, then the information is only a filler of space.

Education is not just the practice of learning facts, it must also be the function of putting those facts into action so that the learner sees and experiences the benefit of how the facts can earn them a good, not meager, living.

We do not want to raise our children to merely know historical or academic facts and knowledge. We want them to know how to use this information to profit from.

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Old September 12, 2006, 11:03 AM
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Here is few things our educations system is failing at teaching.

They have no fast reading courses.
The have no memory courses.
The don't teach business profit methods or even business.

I took accounting in high school, College and for my MBA I just took a bunch of business courses. One was marketing. The instructor did not have an of the works of Jay Abraham but wanted to see my stuff. I never gave to him.
He did know about Abraham but that is not enough.

Only when I studied people like Jay Abraham, Dan S. Kennedy, and Gary Halbert. Plus the old guru, Hopkins, John Kennedy, and Robert Collier, and many many more current living and dead guru's. Then I really knew business: Accounting and Marketing. I also read negotation books and even took one in graduate school by an attorney. I read Tom Hopkins selling books and his methods.

Only now can I say I know business. I read speed reading and memory books too. I know Evelyn Woods methods that she learn by accident. I know Harry Loyrane Methods of memory.

I guess you would say I am a big reader. I do still have a problem with my english even though I was born and raised in America.
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