Sunday, February 05, 2006

"Only" an 8th Grade Education, Revisited

Thanks to Anonymous for sending me this link from Snopes doesn't say the test is a hoax, but makes the point that much of that information is not taught anymore not because it's too hard for our soft brains, but because it's unnecessary for today's children. A 21st century city kid needs to know keyboarding and online search strategies, not how much wheat they have in bushels/hectare. Orthography, anyone? Don't get me started. LOL

The other point is that the test would be much easier if it had been administered right after we'd studied all this stuff. We do forget all the stuff we learned that we didn't need to know. I wonder how those 1895 8th grade graduates would do on this test in 1925?

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