Education Worsening?

Education Worsening?

August 17, 2013 By Janko Predovic

I recently came across a rather shocking article in the Toronto Star which explained that children and teenagers today cannot handwrite their own names in cursive writing; that is, they cannot sign legal documents, cheques or ink their signature on a passport because the simple skill of linking one letter to another has been replaced by the skill of keyboard typing.

(On a related note, Andrew Coyne wrote an interesting column criticizing the loss of cursive writing and espousing its cultural value – you can find it at the National Post.)

In any case, as I wondered what kids are learning in school today, I came across a 1912 Grade 8 school test currently on display at the Bullitt County History Museum, which is reproduced below.

Can you answer these questions? (Answer sheet is here.)

1912 Grade 8 Exam

1912 Grade 8 Exam

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