100 Years Ago in Public Education

How has American education changed in the last 100 years?

While critics often debate the nature of rigor in schools (“they demanded more back when I was in high school”) check out the questions on this examination, required for graduation from eighth grade in Kentucky schools back in 1912:


Ok, come on now. No Googling. Name the commander of the last battle of the War of 1812. [Examination via]

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer