8th Grade Test From 1912 Shows How Far American Education Has Been Dumbed Down; Can You Take It?

By Kristan T. Harris

A Kentucky 8th grade exam from 1912 was donated to the Bullitt County history museum. The questions feature the fundamental foundation of education that we seem to have lost due to the dumbing down of the American education system.

Now with the common core epidemic we can see our youth transformed by a cookie cut education system and a near total loss of critical and independent thinking.

If you can not read the fine print or zoom in, then here are some examples of 8th grade level testing in 1912.

Define the following terms of government: Democracy, Limited Monarchy, Absolute Monarchy, Republic. Give Examples of Each. 

To what four governments are students in school subjected? 

Name 5 county officers and the principal duties of each. 

Give 3 duties of the president. What is meant by VETO power? 

Give at least 5 rules to be observed in maintaining good health? 

Define Cerebrum; Cerebellum 

Name the organs of circulation. 

How many parts of speech are there? Define each.


Stumped? Here are some probable answers.

Kristan T. Harris is the lead writer, researcher and co-host for the FM radio show and website The Rundown Live, where this article first appeared. Authors, musicians, activists, film-makers, have all been guests to go where corporate news won’t. Topics full of information and humor include GMOs, Monsanto, fluoride, alternative history, vaccines, human rights and more. Follow @RundownLive Tune-in to the THERUNDOWNLIVE Monday-Friday @ 9pm EST; 6pm PST.

Editor’s Note – Here are some consolation resources:

The Well Educated Mind : A Guide to the Classical Education You Never Had
The Deliberate Dumbing Down of America


How Popular Music’s Lyrics Perpetuate American Idiocy

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