Kansas—early one room school for 8 grades… One teacher.
Author Avis Carlson, in her book, Small World Long Gone, illustrates the quality of education around 1907 for the first 8-grades——-in building such as these.
I will give you one of several examples in the book of qualifying test questions:
"Two of arithmetic’s ten questions asked us to find the interest on an eight-per-cent note for $900 running 2 years, 2 months, 6 days…" !!!!
And, they diagrammed sentences from Shakespeare!!:: "There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune" as an example.
And, further, they were pronounce and give the meaning of such words as: "zenith, deviated, coliseum, panegyric, Spartan, talisman, eerie, Triton, crypt……"
On an on….
Avis passed the 8th grade qualifying test at 11 years, 8 months of age…. !!!!!!!!!! [Her book: ISBN 0-911694-00-5]
HISTORY: All states in America settled under the Northwest Ordinance had Townships of 36 sections, each 1-square mile is size, for the exclusive use of the common schools. These schools were constructed on sections numbered 16 and 36 on the survey maps. Those two sections were owned by the schools. Income form the land help fund those learning centers
Walking from other sections was considered reasonable distance for children!
I suspect they would have to have spent, at most, an hour or so walking to and from school.
Realize that is less than kids now spend on buses. And those former kids did not suffer from obesity. Is this progress….?????
In Kansas the school issue was codified as Article 1 our Constitution. I find that significant–the very FIRST item!!! IMPORTANT perhaps?!
Previous to that, the Northwest Ordinance, which was the Federal Government’s legal instrument to create states, designated sections 16 and 36 for the common schools.
These sections were to help fund the cost of schools, and were to be for the ‘EXCLUSIVE’ use of those schools.
If the land was sold, at least in the Kansas, another piece of land, of equal value, had to be purchased with the proceeds of the sale–for ‘perpetual’ use for the schools…..
That did NOT happen……………………………. READ ON……
America’s education system is in trouble… it has moved from "learning" to "feelings".
By all standards of modern testing, current high school students know less than they did 100 years ago.
The 8th-grade in 1907 was the equivalent to a 2015 high school diploma, and more…!
TO REVIEW WHAT WAS STATED INITIALLY:
Sample questions from a Kansas school from 1907 for 8th grade qualifying:
Math–‘find the interest on an 8% note for $900 running 2 years’, 2 months, 6 days;…
English–analyze and diagram -[Shakespeare!]: ‘"There is a tide in the affairs of men, which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune."’ There are others.
Avis Carlson passed the test at 11 years 8 months of age. The school from which she graduated was similar to this building, one room for 8 grades and one teacher.
[Source of quotes: Small World Long Gone by Avis Carlson, ISBN 0-911694-00-5, pg. 83. ]
Addendum: This building has been razed.
This may be one of the last photos of this school in such a dilapidated state. It probably has not been used for decades.
REALIZE the Ordinance stated the two sections were for the purpose of funding schools ownership was ‘Perpetual’ for the common schools.
In Kansas, due to ‘politics’, the 16/36 sections were eventually sold, and several years ago all the funds were put into Kansas teachers retirement fund [KPERS] as the ’employers’ contribution.
The land, therefore, is not, in perpetuity, FOR aiding in the funding of student education in Kansas. It is for the teachers.
Now school lobbyists are clamoring for more cash, usually for infrastructure. But modern NEA [a lobby] schools are not delivering anything close to the quality of student the meager building above produced.
Most school expenditures are for real estate, feeding children that should be fed by parents, and transporting them to and from school. I call this ‘nanny’ government instead of rugged individualism. The call for ‘equality’ violates the bigger reason for America, FREEDOM to exercise or not exercise our talents as children and as adults.
In a word, SOCIALISM. This political philosophy has NOT worked any place on the planet.
Paul Johnson’s NY Times Book of the Year, Modern Times, makes the statement that 125 million people died unnatural deaths, world-wide, between 1920 and 1990 due to socialism.
Controlling education is the way to change a culture. That is exactly what has, and is, happening.
How such machinations occur is beyond me.
I guess voters are asleep, really asleep.
I guess politicians don’t read fundamental law.
In sum, politics stinks but the REAL FAULT LIES WITH THE PEOPLE. WE ARE INHERITING, GENERATION BY GENERATION, THE LACK OF THE BENEFITS OF FUNDAMENTAL KNOWLEDGE. I BELIEVE IT IS BY DESIGN, AND THE MODERN ARCHITECT IS JOHN DEWEY, THE FATHER OF MODERN EDUCATION, WHO WAS A FABIAN SOCIALIST. Look him up for yourself.
NOTE: I have original documents as to these facts for anyone interested. Contact me.
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