I have recently come across some papers with testing forms for 1895 school tests. The questions asked, are more than I could work out and I graduated high school. Take note of the time allowed for the test. They take it for granted that those taking the test should know the answers and be able to work them out in the time alloted. Take a look at this.
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 , 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 hour 15 minutes)
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 3,942 lbs, what is it worth at 50cts/bushel, deducting 1,050 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
5 . Find the cost of 6,720 lbs . Coal at $6 . 00 per ton .
6 . Find the interest of $512 . 60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7percent per annum .
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’ .
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, 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 . 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 .
HUH??? Are they kidding??? This is hard to believe . . . .
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 . . .
I have great respect for teachers that go to work every day to deal with the monsters our children have become over the past 50 or so years. We have raised several generations of children with loving care but with very little disipline since the 50s and 60s. We have mistakenly given them everything they wanted and spoiled them so badly that they believe the world owes them everything. They are lazy, spoiled, arrogant, rude to their elders, and act like the world is theirs for them to play in. They don’t believe they have to earn what they want or work for it. In short, we have spoiled them rotten. Beklieve me, their are lots of great students still around that are good hardworking kids with wonderful dispositions and manners as well but we are losing them fast to bad teachers. Aside from all that, the teachers unions have become bloated monsters seeking only more of everything without having to earn it. The union has become a communist platform for the leaders to shout their venom against America. Why does it take an act of congress to fire a teacher for bad behavior or incompetance? In todays world it costs about $100,000 or more dollars to get through the lawyers to fire any teacher no matter how serious the charges against them. Teachers molesting students can not be fired outright without lawyers blocking everything the schools try to do. It seems as if America has become lawyers heaven, or a lawyers paradise, for them to ruin this country. Its institutions clogged by constant lawsuits for every possible reason you can name. Merit has nothing to do with teachers pay grades. The really good ones get the same pay as the ones who are just marking time and making no effort to improve. We must use charter schools to better advantage and have more of them
. The union leaders of the past and present have almost always had radicals at the top that use any means to get what they want. Communists and socialist leaders always find unions a great place to control other peoples money for their own ends. The nationwide teachers union has been taken over by people that use their members money without their voting on it or without their consent. Unions are notorious for their communist leaders and progressive programs. They promise their members the most outragious plans to cover them and their families with retirement coverage and pensions that are unsustainable and underfunded. No one is entitled to retire after 20 or 30 years and get pensions almost equal to their salaries while working. Unions make so many promises and make demands on cities and municipalities and companies that just keep driving up taxes and costs for every product. The money paid to teachers would be well spent if only they recieved it, without it going through so many hands in between. If we had more control over the quality of the teachers and who is hired or fired. It practically takes an act of congress to fire a bad teacher. It is estimated that it costs over $100,000. to get rid of any teacher, even with just cause. A teacher who molested his students was caught and could not be fired without spending a year in court and a lot of money to do it. Nobody wants to casually fire teachers without reasons, but it is so bad now that no one wants to try. We need state control over any union, and no more nationwide unions. No more money is to be spent without the members approval and vote on it. Some teachers could care less about giving a student a good education. They are just there marking time and don’t care about anything.
This country has gone through a period of consolidation in corporations, businesses, unions,and a proliferation of governmental jobs way out of proportion to the needs of the communities. Their have been many scandals where police, firemen, town officials and boards have given themselves outragious salaries and bonuses way out of proportion to reality. It has been going on behind the backs of people in many communities across America. The teachers union has become a many tentacled monster with far reaching consequences for us all. The test scores of our children have gone down compared to other countries around the world. The disipline of our classrooms has been destroyed by lawyers, suing for any imagineable reason they can dream of. Teachers must be given the authority to punish unruly behavior within reason. If parents refuse to aknowledge the teachers authority, they must be made to remove their children to other schools, willing to accept them. We cannot expect teachers to keep order unless they have the authority to enforce it. Every acusation made against teachers must be investigated immediatly by an independent group from outside the union. The persons bringing forward charges must be investigated as well, to stop any frivolous charges from being made. It is a balancing act we have to make and enforce if we are to ever have classroom order, and to let our kids learn they way they should.The children will respond if enforced firmly.
Our country has dropped into 28th place or there about on Math, Science, medicine, and Business over the last 80 or so years. We once had the monopoly on manufacturing and business until we lost the anti trust laws and the ability to keep corporations under control. They became monsters gobbeling up all sorts of smaller companies just to gain their cash worthiness and discard them once they appropriated everything valuable in them. They became impersonal monsters that were bloated beyond reasonable control by corporate leaders looking out for themselves with golden parachutes when they left. The teachers unions became the monster grabbing up all the smaller local unions in any state they could. The other smaller unions went along and incorporated other unions to be a part of the one big one. The teachers union has become a grab bag for the union bosses to spend union members money for their persoal piggy banks. They also draw nice salaries and pensions for themselves. They make political donations in the hundreds of millions, to politicians that vote their way with appropriations, and money, for lobbyists and friends of politicians.
The head of SEIU, Andy Stern, has been in lockstep with the teachers union to get their politicians elected and their programs passed to suit the needs of union leaders. The pension promises made to members of both unions, could never be sustained, when they spent their members money like water, giving it to politicians for campaigns to get themselves re-elected. Lobbyists got their share as well. The members had nothing to say about how their money was spent. The school books that are used to teach our kids have been written by progressives intent on destroying our true history for their version of falsified ideas. Texas has been fighting their encroachment into our school books and their perverted version of history that changes the way people understand American values and traditions. The same thing is happening to destroy the American family and the sanctity of marriage between a man and woman. They want to make it between consenting adults of the same sex. They also want to destroy our religion as well. They want Christian beliefs to fade away and the only religion they accept is Islam. God forbid you should say a word about Islam being the made up dream of an epileptic, single man about 1300 years ago. That will get you killed.
It seems as if everything that has been of value to us is being worn away by the progressives that don’t believe in any religion or the values of this country. Muslims are being tarred with the same brush as the extremists that hide amongst them. Christians are being denied the right to express their religion with Christmas items being displayed in malls and public places. The teachers that work so hard to teach our children, cannot rid themselves of the bad ones amongst themselves. It is the work of men and women of faith and character to change the way people do their everyday business of living and being responsible for each other. We must go to the members of unions to elect the kind of people we want to run things. Every donation proposed by union leaders must be voted on in secret ballot by the members. Pay raises for union leaders must be voted on by members. Nominations for union positions must be publicly voted on by members in secret ballots.
The time has come for anti trust laws against unions and corporations to keep them under congressional oversight. The corporations must be kept under the same kind of controls that were in the Glass Steagall act for banks. Banks must be carefully limited to certain controls to keep them from buying up every competitor and smaller bank until they have no real competition left anywhere. This has been the cause of every recession we have gone through. The market has ups and downs and always come back unless government interferes. We cannot just keep bailing out every failure in banking and housing markets. It just does not work. Unions must be kept to state levels only, and be under state scrutiny and controls. Housing must be under strict minimum standards, under the normal standards used in the 70s and 80s, for responsible percentages. Unions must be made to open their books to members scrutiny, and controls, on how their money is being spent. Political donations must be under the members controls to vote on it in secret ballot. Pension funds must be open to members scrutiny and congressional oversight. Secrecy has no place in pension funds. Union leaders must be held responsible for any misuse of funds kept for retirement and medical benefits. Union leaders are there to help their members and manage good contracts for the members futures. The unions are not there for the benefit of the leaders.
It is time for the people of America to take back their country and begin to restore the quality of life they had before the progressives gained power since 06. Actually they have been busy in the background since Clinton became President and have slowly gained power from people like George Soros giving money to groups like those below. There are many more.
THE SOROS PORTFOLIO has been put together to explain how his money is directed to overthrow governments and systems. His money is used to finance communist/socialist/Marxist groups and people. It has been done four times already and is almost perfected to be used against the U S this time.
* Buy Politicians
* Report “News”
* Create Illegal Votes (ACORN)
* Increase Taxes
* Lower and Redistribute US Citizen Wealth
* Put More People on Welfare
* Funnel Illegal Aliens into Unions, Direct Their Votes and Collect Their Annual Membership Dues
* Change and Relax Immigration Laws
* Change Laws that Can Implement the Communist Takeover Plan
* Changes Laws to Expand Union Influence Over Businesses
* Change Laws to Modify the US Financial System
* Change Laws to Control You
* Obtain Votes from (Primarily Poor) Blacks
* Obtain Votes from Hispanics and Other People of Color
* Obtain Votes from Gays and Lesbians
* Fund Abortions
* Limit Free Trade
* Hide Crimes and Allow Criminals to Be Freed
* Redirect Taxpayer Wealth to Unnecessary Green Projects, While Simultaneously Making US Businesses Less Profitable and Less Competitive
* Recruit and Put Criminals and Ex-Criminals to Work on Implementing the Communist Takeover Plan
* Change Laws and Take Guns Away from Citizens
* Protray America in a Strongly Negative Light, Both in the US and Around the World
* Redirect Taxpayer Funds to Pay for Implementing the Communist Takeover Plan
* Changes Laws to Make It Easier for Terrorists and Criminals to Operate
* Create Misinformation
* Control the Media
* Limit Free Speech
* Enable Communists and Terrorists to Enter America
* Resist and Stop US Military and Police Efforts
* Create Local and National Racial Conflicts and Distrust
* Eliminate Religious Rights
* Indoctrinate Your Children with Communism in Their Schools and Media Viewings
* Fundamentally Change America, Transforming it in a Communist Nation
How is this for a start on looking for information on Obama’s supporter and money man. This is only a starting point for you to look up everything I have said and check it out for yourselves. You must believe if you plan to do anything about it. Every American can call and write their congressional and senatorial office holders and demand changes. Not just an e-mail now and then but a torrent of snail mail and phone calls to make sure they are listening and doing what they said they would when elected. We can stop them from dismanteling our country piece by piece and by rules and regulations by Presidential orders. The unions are the foot soldiers under democratic control. SCIU and ACORN members are still around and working for the progressives under Obama. Teachers union members are always on call for showing up at events to block conservatives and demand their rights loudly and sometimes violently. If the members money was used only for pensions and benefit coverage there would be plenty of money for it all. The union leaders however give hundreds of millions of dollars to political campaigns for certain politicians, lobbyists, and friends. You be the judge. Look it all up on the internet while we still have accress to it. They plan to have control of that soon. Then censorship will rear its ugly head and they will control that too like they do in China. The so called ” Fairness Doctrine ” will see to that. Please do you homework and help save your country and mine. It may not last too long if we do nothing to stop it. God Bless America