Originally posted by Res Ipsa
For all of you that want to see our future....rent the movie "Idiocracy"
This is my take on our species. We use to have Cro-Mags and other human type species and the Homosapiens either wiped them out or were smart enough
to survive but even now we are divided.
You are absolutely right, the movie "Idiocracy" pretty much shows what is already happening. Unfortunately, you are living up to it, too. For
example, we ARE Cro-Magnons, we apparently annihilated all the Neanderthals a long time ago, who actually had physically larger brains, but apparently
weren't such good fighters.
When I talk to any of the younger generation today, and ask them questions about things they should have learned in high school, they pretty much say,
"Huh?" Easy things that people have mentioned on here such as how many continents are there, or one I like to ask, "What is the Sun?" I have yet
to find anyone who can answer that one. I have to say, "You know, that bright thing up there? What is it?" and typically they don't know at all
and don't care. Since that is the thing that provides all life on the planet, I feel it is a little important.
When I was in fifth grade, my parents pulled us from school for a four month boat trip in the middle of the school year. They allowed us to do it
because my mom was a teacher and the four of us were all doing well in school. We brought all our school books with us.
During our four month cruise of the Caribbean, we would only break out the shcool books when it was raining, about once a week tops. Mom would assign
us to read some chapters, and then give us a test on them. It felt like we almost never did school work, it was great! When we returned, I was
almost the full YEAR ahead of everyone, IN ALL MY CLASSES. What does that tell you about how they run the schools? And, for the record, we lived in
the wealthiest town in the US, with truckloads of tax money available, and our schools were consistently ranked as the top ones in the whole country.
My high school is to this day considered one of the top five in the whole country. I can barely imagine what the schools must be like in, say,
Home schooling is the only answer! I feel that I NEVER learned ANYTHING in school, everything I learned I learned on my own, mainly through READING.
My mom taught me how to read before I was in kindergarten. When I started kindergarten, they were just learning the ABC's and I already knew how to
read, so they skipped me up to first grade immediately. Thanks Mom!
The govt has purposely dumbed down the schooling, because smart, well informed public will question what the plutocrats are doing, whereas uneducated
ignoramuses will just swallow what the idiot box tells them.
Here is a sample of a typical EIGHTH GRADE TEST from the old days, BEFORE THE GIVERNMENT TOOK OVER THE SCHOOLS. I defy anyone to pass this test.
This is what thirteen or fourteen year olds were expected to know. These days college students cannot pass this test. And, for example, my
grandfather quit school at age twelve, yet ended up as a nuclear engineer, designing the Nautilus, the first atomic sub, among other things.
See if ANY of you can pass this test:
Subject: 8th Grade Final Exam from 1895
This is the eighth grade final exam from 1895 from Salina, Kansas.
It was taken from the original document on file at the Smoky Valley
Genealogical Society and Library in Salina, Kansas 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
3. Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
4. What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of
do, lie, lay and run.
5. Define Case. Illustrate each Case.
6. What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of
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
50 cts. per bu, 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 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 inch?
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, and 1865?
Orthography (Time, one hour)
1. What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic orthography,
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, super.
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
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 N.A.
5. Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fermandez,
Aspinwall and Orinoco.
6. Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
7. Name all the republics of Europe and give capital of each.
8. Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same
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 inclination of the
Imagine a college student who went to public school trying to pass
this test, even if the few outdated questions were modernized.
Imagine their professors even being able to pass the 8th Grade.
Can Americans, student and professor alike, get back up to the 8th
Grade level of 1895?