Wednesday, December 18, 2013

we don't really teach, we train & incorporate students into a devalued economy of substandard degrees

check out this recently found 8th grade exam from 1912. here are some of the questions:
Through which waters would a vessel pass in going from England through the Suez Canal to Manila?
How does the liver compare in size with other glands in the human body?
How long of a rope is required to reach from the top of a building 40 feet high to the ground 30 feet from the base of a building?
Compare arteries and veins as to function. Where is the blood carried to be purified?
During which wars were the following battles fought: Brandywine, Great Meadows, Lundy’s Lane, Antietam, Buena Vista?
(a good number of my college students would be clueless). it's not their fault. we don't teach. we merely train & incorporate students into a devalued economy of substandard degrees.

via Bullit County History Museum (for an enlarged rendition of the photograph)


judith ghashghaei said...

I'm clueless too. Auxilioooo!

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david rohn said...

back in the 1970 s the US was going to follow Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Canada in introducing the metric system of measurement over the Imperial system, which was being used by fewer and fewer countries. They failed: the teachers refused to teach it because they themselves couldn t learn it; their unions backed them on it. There are now 3 countries still using the Imperial system of weights and measures: the USA, Liberia, and Myanmar (formerly Burma.