MY SCHOOL OF THOUGHT


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    I gave my 13 year old grandson a birthday card not long ago because that’s what grandparents do. After he pocketed the $20, that was enclosed, he made an interesting comment. “Why do you write cursive?” I had to stop and think for a moment whether he was making any sense, as he is related to my son-in-law, and then I asked a question.

    “What are you talking about?”

    “My card. You wrote cursive in it. Nobody writes that was anymore.” he advised me. I felt like I just stepped out into a ‘black hole’ of ignorance.

    “What the crap! Everybody writes cursive,” I said. “Don’t you?”

    “No. We don’t learn cursive in school.” he said.

    “You were never taught cursive?’ I asked trying not to look to horrified.

    “Nope, cause most of the time we use computers and don’t have to write.” he informed me. It was true. His school has computers in every classroom. He takes most of his test on computers, does his homework on his home computer and prints it out and then of course there’s text messaging. I’ve seen him on his computer before and you can hardly see his hands he can type so fast!

    It appears our junior generations are dumbing down to new and unfortunate standards. His spelling reads like 15th century “old English” and his punctuation quietly passed away some time ago. Being a teacher many years ago, I’m appalled at how the system has turned into a bloated political whale washed up on the beach. Teacher unions have preserved the weak and banned the strong from the profession. The classrooms are infected with liberal education which endorses ‘learn only what you need’ and rejects any and all classical or cultural enlightenment.

    Thanks to his school, my grandson knows how to put on a condom….understands same sex marriage is normal and if another person, (classmate, minor, adult or parent) touches him in any manner that makes him feel uncomfortable he must tell his school counselor and students are questioned about any and all bruises. In theory this last part is acceptable unless the child is so racked on behavioral drugs that the concept of right and wrong is no longer an issue.

    The final analysis may well be that computers and an elite class of “administrators”, will one day soon tell us what to think and what to do. In which language I have no idea.

    The average 13 year old was better educated and prepared for life 100 years ago than our young teens of today. In some cases they were more educated and cultured than many adults of today. Below is the eighth-grade final exam from 1895 in Salina, Kansas. It was taken from the original document on file at the Smokey Valley Genealogical Society and Library in Salina. What you are going to read were the standards of that day.




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 incidentals?
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 7 percent 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; select only two….(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. 



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Comments (3)

  1. nanahart

    You are right.I have two grandsons going into the eighth grade this year.I think I will print out this test and give them a challenge.Thanks for such an interesting topic.

    August 14, 2010
    1. uncle_charlie

      Any time Nana.

      August 14, 2010
  2. cabinfever

    Geography was always my favorite subject in school.I was really hurt to see my sibs couldn’t find Cuba or even Central America(forget Afghanistan)on a map.Today,if they were told to go NNW 2 miles,they would have to rely on GPS;yet my oldest is an attorney in corporate law dealing with foreign countries.Go figure!

    August 14, 2010
    1. uncle_charlie

      When I was young, my knowledge of geography was just enough to get me home each day.

      August 14, 2010
  3. Hojasanan

    YUP!
    Had to pass this one along.
    I can do the Math & Geography. The History & Grammar & Orthography I’d be weak on— I don’t know whether I’d pass or not: I’d need a dictionary to figure out some of the vocabulary in the questions they’re asking… and I was an English major in college before I changed it & got my degree in Spanish— because the English classes weren’t challenging enough. I want my babies to be able to figure out all of these before they’re old enough to apply for a job, and to have the more valuable education of knowing when to keep their pants zipped!

    August 14, 2010
    1. uncle_charlie

      I know what you mean! I would love to apply this test to a few folks in Washington.

      August 14, 2010
      1. Hojasanan

        Laugh or cry… maybe both… and if you figure out a solution, let us in on it…

        August 14, 2010
        1. uncle_charlie

          Amen

          August 14, 2010
  4. poppyblue

    I have taken this exam, and failed miserably, I will now go to my room…..and play nintendo, nah, nah, nah ,nah!!!!!

    August 14, 2010
    1. uncle_charlie

      Stay there until you grow up to be a Senator.

      August 14, 2010
  5. uncle_charlie

    We are reliving the past.

    August 14, 2010
  6. BootLady

    Oh, oh! I know what a diphthong is!! Pick me pick me!! They call it a wedgie these days

    August 14, 2010
    1. uncle_charlie

      The depth of your mind is vast!

      August 14, 2010
  7. uncle_charlie

    Never to return…..home schooling might save it.

    August 15, 2010
  8. Blueberry_Dreams

    Can I just say I was taught cursive, but write in a weird combination of cursive and non-cursive now?

    This was interesting because in a class I had not to long ago (algebra-something I detest!) the teacher asked us if we should continue to learn the ‘long way’ to do math, or just how to plug in the answers in a calculator because technology is advancing every day. This was my last year of college, so the people were a little more ‘mature’ cough, and most said that while it’s good to know how to do it the ‘easy’ way, computers can break. But after discussing it awhile longer, just about everyone admitted that the chances of needing to learn the long way to do a sin/cosine/log (ect) was extremely slim since if one computer breaks there is always another. Makes me think since I was older than most in the class and remembered the days where we couldn’t use calculators at all, and computers were nonexistent for the most part.

    August 15, 2010
    1. uncle_charlie

      Teach the theory, principle and practice of a subject or just tell the site address for the answer. Sad

      August 15, 2010
  9. stevehayes13

    They are not less educated, just differently educated. Whether one likes what they are now taught is of course a different matter.

    August 15, 2010
  10. uncle_charlie

    If a high school grad of 2010 is not really sure where Japan is, but a grad of 1950 knows where Japan and the major Pacific islands are…..is 2010 ignorant of world geography or just differently educated. I doubt if 1% of this countries 8th graders would even understand these questions with the exception of ‘home schooled’. I totally agree with your comment about being differently educated, but sad to say, they are educated to be ignorant. Thanks, Steve

    August 15, 2010
    1. stevehayes13

      One could easily devise a test which would result in the 8th graders of 1950 getting terrible results and the 8th graders of 2010 getting good results. The issue is not whether one year group is better educated than another; it is what should be in the curriculum and that is a political issue.

      August 16, 2010
  11. anthonynguyen

    thiết kế nhà hàng
    nội thất nhà hàng
    thiết kế chung cư
    thiết kế thi công
    chung cư

    thiet ke chung cu | nha dep | thiet ke van phong | thiet ke showroom | thiet ke phong ngu | nha dep 2016 | thiet ke shop | thiet ke can ho | tu van thiet ke noi that | thiet ke noi that can ho chung cu | oz

    Không giống với thiết kế nội thất chung cư những quán bar khác là mặt tiền nhỏ hẹp, bar thiết kế nội thất căn hộ SAKE với sự giúp đỡ thiết kế của Công ty chuyên thiết kế nội thất văn phòng thiết kế thi công nội thất OZ đã mang đến cho khách hàng của mình môt lời chào mời tuyệt vời và thân thiện. Thiết kế bar với nội thất bên trong càng được đầu tư hơn nữa khi bạn thiết kế nội thất phòng khách bước vào bên trong. Nội thất sang trọng thiết kế nội thất shop của bar SAKE ngay lập tức sẽ cuốn hút cả thiết kế nội thất showroom những khách hàng khó tính nhất. Nếu như tường là tông màu huyền bí thiết kế nội thất biệt thự thì kiến trúc sư lại khéo léo trang bị cho thiết kế nội thất nhà ống những bộ bàn ghế màu xanh nổi bật, sắc xanh gợi cho ta cảm giác yên bình thanh tịnh thiết kế nội thất phòng ngủ rất thích hợp để nghỉ ngơi thiết kế nội thất phòng bếp giải trí. Bình hoa với đường cong thiết kế nội thất nhà hàng quyến rũ của nó đã bổ sung hoàn chỉnh đường nét oz cho những thiết kế bên trong thiết kế chung cư quán bar. Hiểu được điều đó nên thiết kế căn hộ các kiến trúc sư đã mang đến một hệ thống chiếu sáng hiện đại và không kém trang trí nội thất phần thu hút.

    hoc nau an o dau
    bun rieu cua
    cach lam banh trang tron
    banh bao chien
    vit nau chao
    suon xao chua ngot
    cach lam pate gan
    cach lam banh bong lan
    cach lam ga ran
    vit om sau
    in bang ron gia re
    in ky thuat so kho lon
    in an quang cao
    thi cong quang cao
    quang cao le gia

    October 02, 2015
  12. anthonynguyen

    thiết kế nhà hàng
    nội thất nhà hàng
    thiết kế chung cư
    thiết kế thi công
    chung cư

    thiet ke chung cu | nha dep | thiet ke van phong | thiet ke showroom | thiet ke phong ngu | nha dep 2016 | thiet ke shop | thiet ke can ho | tu van thiet ke noi that | thiet ke noi that can ho chung cu | oz

    Không giống với thiết kế nội thất chung cư những quán bar khác là mặt tiền nhỏ hẹp, bar thiết kế nội thất căn hộ SAKE với sự giúp đỡ thiết kế của Công ty chuyên thiết kế nội thất văn phòng thiết kế thi công nội thất OZ đã mang đến cho khách hàng của mình môt lời chào mời tuyệt vời và thân thiện. Thiết kế bar với nội thất bên trong càng được đầu tư hơn nữa khi bạn thiết kế nội thất phòng khách bước vào bên trong. Nội thất sang trọng thiết kế nội thất shop của bar SAKE ngay lập tức sẽ cuốn hút cả thiết kế nội thất showroom những khách hàng khó tính nhất. Nếu như tường là tông màu huyền bí thiết kế nội thất biệt thự thì kiến trúc sư lại khéo léo trang bị cho thiết kế nội thất nhà ống những bộ bàn ghế màu xanh nổi bật, sắc xanh gợi cho ta cảm giác yên bình thanh tịnh thiết kế nội thất phòng ngủ rất thích hợp để nghỉ ngơi thiết kế nội thất phòng bếp giải trí. Bình hoa với đường cong thiết kế nội thất nhà hàng quyến rũ của nó đã bổ sung hoàn chỉnh đường nét oz cho những thiết kế bên trong thiết kế chung cư quán bar. Hiểu được điều đó nên thiết kế căn hộ các kiến trúc sư đã mang đến một hệ thống chiếu sáng hiện đại và không kém trang trí nội thất phần thu hút.

    hoc nau an o dau
    bun rieu cua
    cach lam banh trang tron
    banh bao chien
    vit nau chao
    suon xao chua ngot
    cach lam pate gan
    cach lam banh bong lan
    cach lam ga ran
    vit om sau
    in bang ron gia re
    in ky thuat so kho lon
    in an quang cao
    thi cong quang cao
    quang cao le gia

    October 02, 2015
  13. uncle_charlie

    A lost art…..sad

    August 14, 2010
  14. uncle_charlie

    The generation of 2050 will not have to think at all……sounds like the novel "Brave New World".

    August 15, 2010