Education “system”

I’m still in Bangkok, so devoid of travel stories I am ranting on whatever I feel like. A few hours ago it was hip hop, but now onto more serious subjects.

I often read news stories from the early 1900’s and earlier and think to myself, wow, these people sound much, much more educated than people today… I never quite knew how to explain it. I’d pass it off as just being a coincidence that all of the people interviewed in the articles just happened to be in the upper echelon of intelligence.

However, I just received an email which outlines an eighth grade school exam from 1895 and it has made me realize what is going on.

Whether you realize it or not, the BIGGEST problem on earth is not terrorism, or climate change or whatever else you may think. It is government. Nations. The slaveholders of today.

Anything within which they have a monopoly is a disaster. Ask anyone around the world what their main problems are… terrorism? caused by governments. War? Guess who. Traffic jams? Streets are operated by governments. Crime? The police is a state monopoly. Taxes? That one is too easy.

Education? That word in itself is an oxymoron in today’s “modern” age. State run education has evolved into a race to dumb down the population as fast as possible. Why? Because the stupider we are, the less chance we will figure out that we are slaves to the nation (and the banks that control them… note: banks wouldn’t be bad in themselves if it weren’t for their ability to control government… take away government and banks are fine).

Want proof? Try to answer a few of these questions from an 8th grade exam more than 100 years ago. Now, most of the people who read my blog are highly intelligent.. so don’t be surprised if you can answer quite a few of them… but ask yourself, could all the people you interact with on a daily basis come close to even scoring higher than 15% on this exam?



1895 Eighth Grade Final Exam

This is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina , KS , 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.

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,
lay and run
5. Define Case, Illustrate each Case.
6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.
7. 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 1050lbs. 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 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 meter?
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 around 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)
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, sub vocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals ?
4. Give four substitutes for caret ‘u!’.
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 thesign 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 & 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.

Also notice that the exam took five hours to complete.

Gives the saying “she/he only had an 8th grade education” a whole new meaning, doesn’t it?

*final comment: notice how each of the questions requires a well thought out, written answer… compare this to today’s multiple choice, retardo check the box exams.