1912 Eighth Grade Examination for Bullitt County Schools

This copy of the Eighth Grade Exam for Bullitt County Schools in 1912 was donated to the museum. We thought you might like to see what the test looked like a hundred years ago. Obviously it tested some things that were more relevant at that time than now, and it should not be used to compare student knowledge then and now.

Note that there are several typesetting mistakes on the test including a mistake in the spelling list. The word “eneeavor” should be “endeavor.”

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“It should not be used to compare student knowledge then and now.”

I’d say it’d be quite relevant to compare student knowledge then and now, especially when it comes to civil government, math, and grammar. Wonder how many of the LIVs could even answer half of these questions?

For the answers, go here.



8 responses to “1912 Eighth Grade Examination for Bullitt County Schools

  1. This was the Eighth Grade Exam back then, but I doubt many HS ‘graduates’ could pass it now, and I’m NOT putting HD grads down. I failed 12th grade Basic Math, English, and Social Studies, BUT I was still allowed to graduate! Yet I was somehow able to become an auto-didact, and even succeed in college. Clearly there is another agenda at play here other than enabling students to become responsible, self-directed individuals.


  2. OH!! I LOVE looking at these with my kids. This is instant homeschool right over the internet!! Everything is a learning possibility in life! I like to tell people, I don’t have a curriculum. Life is my curriculum with the Father guiding me. He NEVER disappoints when He teaches. I remind my kids that Jesus was the ULTIMATE helping verb! He always used helping verbs when speaking. :o)

    Mark Twain: I never let school get in the way of my education.


  3. Should not be used to compare student knowledge then and now? Obviously, the subjects are SO less relevant today. 😉


  4. Thank you DCG, for sharing this.

    I think it would be appropriate to give such an exam to those oh so wise board members in Seattle who said ‘Brown bag and citizen’ were not to used anymore.

    BTW, I did well of the exam save for the math portion which I have NEVER been good at. Wonder how I passed Atmospheric Physics, Climatology and Meteorology for my degree with all A’s?


  5. I love this. This is what we should be seeing in our schools. Instead of the liberal,greenie weenie B.S. or the POS’S communist blueprint known as “common core”- State’s need to take education back and tell the fed’s to take a hike.


  6. DCG, this is fantastic! I suppose in the old days, if people had to know this to get into high school, then by the time they were 21 and eligible to vote, they must have been pretty intelligent and informed, eh?

    Makes me feel like I was cheated on large parts of my school education.


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