Are You Smarter Than An Eighth Grader (In 1912)?


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Given the advances in technology and learning methodologies, it is a natural assumption that modern-day US students have it harder than those that were educated in 1912. However, the recent discovery of an eighth grade test paper set by educators at Kentucky's Bullitt County School District a century ago, seems to indicate that things were not as easy as one would have thought!

During the 1900's schools in Bullitt County were scattered all over the rural countryside. Though they all taught the same curriculum, there was no real way of verifying what kids were learning except, by testing them with a 'common exam' once or twice a year that encompassed everything from language arts to social studies and mathematics.

This was an important test that teachers and students both worked hard to prepare for. It was particularly crucial for those in eighth grade because it meant a chance to earn a scholarship to attend high school. While this may not seem like a big deal today, it was a century ago, because after eighth grade most students were forced to drop out and work in their family farms.

The sample of this common eighth grade exam was donated to the Bullitt County History Museum last year in honor of its 100th anniversary. While it has been on display there since, it lay unnoticed until recently, and has now become a rage countrywide as students step up to the challenge to see if they are smarter than a (1912) eighth grader! If you are amongst them, be sure to let us know how you did, by adding your comments below.


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  • NobodySunday, June 21, 2015 at 11:54 pm
    That is so easy and I'm only year 5
    • MicaWednesday, January 21, 2015 at 3:46 am
      I think that it's really cool that the education a century ago has changed a lot today.
      • 16
        16Tuesday, December 9, 2014 at 2:02 pm
        how is that hard I think it is easy
        • Hdv8765Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 8:35 am
          easy as that
          • puglover67
            puglover67Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 12:02 pm
            Some is easy
            • starMonday, September 15, 2014 at 2:46 pm
              these is grate i love dogo.......
              • jamyyy
                jamyyySunday, August 24, 2014 at 12:21 pm
                • minionlover
                  minionloverSunday, August 24, 2014 at 11:42 am
                  Easy peasy
                  • turtlenicole
                    turtlenicoleSunday, August 24, 2014 at 5:20 am
                    wow! so easy
                    • animeMonday, June 30, 2014 at 2:29 pm
                      its kinda easy