I’ve given a few tests in my time. I even gave a 12 page U.S. history final to my eighth grade students a few years. One of the pages was a blank sheet of paper. The eighth grader could not graduate until they were able to list all U.S. presidents and their political parties. Extra credit was given for a popular nickname. Most students got it right the first time. We spend only 5-10 minutes a day on flashcards, covering 10 each quarter. I’ll never forget one of the young scholars getting all of the hard ones right and missing Thomas Jefferson…twice. Ah………. I won’t mention any names but the initials were (V.E.). Imagine getting a perfect paper with all the presidents and Mr. Jefferson being the only blank on the entire page. I finally figured out a way for the student to remember ole T.J.
Yes THIS TEST FROM 1912 is probably a test that I would have trouble passing. I think most of the reason for this is that even when I was in school (just a bit ago) teachers spent a good amount of time trying to keep kids under control. It is worse today.
Glancing over the test, I knew some of the answers right away and didn’t take the time to figure others. The spelling portion wasn’t that difficult. Who knows…maybe I could pass it. Is it today’s students fault that the world has gotten farther away from Godly principles and, therefore, we have become a less studious society? I would say: “no.” The slip has happened over time. Students today know things that students from 1912 could only wish to know. It is a different time. Some might question the importance of knowing some of the questions on the 1912 test. I know a bit about today’s education and it seems like many of the tests our kids are getting are focusing on questions that will help them today’s real world. At the same time, schools spend too much time prepping kids for tests that will be different in five years.
Education has always been a challenge. The goal of any good teacher is to try and instill a love for learning in the student. Whether a student lived in 1850, 1912, or 2013, the goal of a good teacher hasn’t changed.
Admittedly, it is much harder to educate today. There are so many social, political, and spiritual reasons I won’t even begin to name them. I appreciate those who teach because they love kids, not because it pays the bills. As school starts for another year, pray for your kids teachers. They are going to need it.
After writing this bit, is saw this story called:
The above says: “California Gov. Brown signs transgender-student bill”
Did I mention spiritual reasons for America’s fall? (Click on the above headline to view the crazy “effort” in California.)