What kids knew 100 years ago

Or were supposed to know, anyway. This is what you’d need to know to pass a high school entrance exam … in 1912 (the last year of the Meiji Period, to put it into context for you):

(via Open Culture)

I’m sure the tests today are very, very different.

For example, I’ve never even heard the word “pennyweight” before. (It means 1.555 grams and it’s no longer in use.) But I bet I could spell it on a test (easy to predict).

And the “Diagram this sentence” question would probably never be seen on a school test today (people don’t want to bring religion into the classroom anymore).

And the question “What president has been impeached?” would have to be changed to “What presidents have been impeached?”

Three discussion questions:

  • How would you modify a test like this for 8th graders in 2016?
  • This is not a multiple choice test. Do you think exams like this should be multiple choice?
  • What kinds of things do you remember from your entrance exam (into high school or into university)? Yes, I know most of you would like to forget all about it, but you spent so much time studying for those tests, it’d be shame to wipe it from your memory.
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