AN ENEMY HAS DONE THIS

Two posts ago I wrote “End All Inquiry.”     But –  if you don’t have a broad range of intellectual tools and a broad knowledge base,   how are you going to  inquire?

It’s as if the entertainment-news media  (and whoever controls them)   just wants us to accept what they say,  as truth.        How’d that come to pass?

I know we allow a flood of information rushing in  at us all the time –   very little of it essential news  – but it’s almost like we don’t know how to analyze any of the information, so we say  “I don’t have the time.”      Or mental energy.     Or ability.

The “mental ability”  of ordinary American citizens  (past) —

8th Grade Final Exam: Salina, Kansas – 1895

Grammar (Time, one hour)

Give nine rules for the use of Capital Letters.
Name the Parts of Speech and define those that have no modifications.
Define Verse, Stanza and Paragraph.
What are the Principal Parts of a verb? Give Principal Parts of do, lie, lay and run.
Define Case, Illustrate each Case.
What is Punctuation? Give rules for principal marks of Punctuation.

7-10. Write a composition of about 150 words and show therein that you understand the practical use of the rules of grammar.

 

U.S. History (Time, 45 minutes)

Give the epochs into which U.S. History is divided.
Give an account of the discovery of America by Columbus. *
Relate the causes and results of the Revolutionary War.
Show the territorial growth of the United States.
Tell what you can of the history of Kansas.
Describe three of the most prominent battles of the Rebellion.
Who were the following: Morse, Whitney, Fulton, Bell, Lincoln, Penn, and Howe?
Name events connected with the following dates: 1607, 1620, 1800, 1849, and 1865?

 

Arithmetic (Time, 1.25 hours)

Name and define the Fundamental Rules of Arithmetic.
A wagon box is 2 ft. deep, 10 feet long, and 3 ft. wide. How many bushels of wheat will it hold?
If a load of wheat weighs 3942 lbs., what is it worth at 50 cts. per bu, deducting 1050 lbs. for tare?
District No. 33 has a valuation of $35,000. What is the necessary levy to carry on a school seven months at $50 per month, and have $104 for incidentals?
Find cost of 6720 lbs. coal at $6.00 per ton.
Find the interest of $512.60 for 8 months and 18 days at 7 percent.
What is the cost of 40 boards 12 inches wide and 16 ft. long at $.20 per inch?
Find bank discount on $300 for 90 days (no grace) at 10 percent.
What is the cost of a square farm at $15 per acre, the distance around which is 640 rods?
Write a Bank Check, a Promissory Note, and a Receipt.

 

Geography (Time, one hour)

What is climate? Upon what does climate depend?
How do you account for the extremes of climate in Kansas?
Of what use are rivers? Of what use is the ocean?
Describe the mountains of N.A.
Name and describe the following: Monrovia, Odessa, Denver, Manitoba, Hecla, Yukon, St. Helena, Juan Fermandez, Aspinwall and Orinoco.

Name and locate the principal trade centers of the U.S.
Name all the republics of Europe and give capital of each.
Why is the Atlantic Coast colder than the Pacific in the same latitude?
Describe the process by which the water of the ocean returns to the sources of rivers.
Describe the movements of the earth. Give inclination of the earth.

 

CAN YOU HANDLE THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE – AND READ ACCURATELY?   You need only an hour for this next section  if you’ve passed Eighth Grade.

Orthography (Time, one hour)

What is meant by the following: Alphabet, phonetic orthography, etymology, syllabication?
What are elementary sounds? How classified?
What are the following, and give examples of each: Trigraph, subvocals, diphthong, cognate letters, linguals?
Give two rules for spelling words with final ‘e’. Name two exceptions under each rule.
Give two uses of silent letters in spelling. Illustrate each.
Define the following prefixes and use in connection with a word: Bi, dis, mis, pre, semi, post, non, inter, mono, super.
Mark diacritically and divide into syllables the following, and name the sign that indicates the sound: Card, ball, mercy, sir, odd, cell, rise, blood, fare, last.
Use the following correctly in sentences, Cite, site, sight, fane, fain, feign, vane, vain, vein, raze, raise, rays.
Write 10 words frequently mispronounced and indicate pronunciation by use of diacritical marks and by syllabication.

 

Another school,  another exam:

Govt Hist Test

An American student is expected to “Describe the battle of Quebec” ?

Why is “Antietam”  so important?

Question # 9.     This exam was written before President Bill Clinton.    But,   so,  what was he impeached for, exactly?   An accurate answer should be part of our Common Cultural  knowledge.

School rooms which taught children  basic facts and how to analyze them used to look like this:

schoolroom 1

These schoolrooms were successful.

In case you didn’t catch the size:

schoolroom 2

 

About thirty years ago many experts were analyzing the deplorable state of American schools, based upon how little students knew from one year to another –  and compared with what previous generations knew.

President Ronald Reagan   concluded in his famous comment on the state of education in our county:        If an enemy had done this to our schools,  we would call it an Act of War!”     

An Act of War,  what has been done to our schools.

Keep the children ignorant –  and they can be led to believe anything they’re told.

“Great”   for when elections come around.

An empty,  muddled mind is  good  ground  for Propaganda.

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.*   An example:  how much more time is taken up by  politically correct propaganda informing students that Columbus did NOT discover America,  and that he and other Whites committed genocide and stole the country away from the indigenous people and how other ethnic groups sailed to America long before Columbus, so he wasn’t special, and it’s only  White prejudice  that used to make him a hero,  and the indigenous people deserve reparations for what they experienced  500 years ago  and America has nothing to be proud of and we don’t even deserve to have this nation!   . . .     how much time on this compared to just answering the question:  How did Columbus do it.

 

Politically Correct propaganda like this anchors us to the  20th century spread of marxism and the demeaning of Western Culture.      These agenda-driven propagandists might not be able to explain why.   (heh)

 

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Gloomy Cloud

By the way,  a real  grudge from a former teacher —     NEVER  say:     “to you and I,”  or   “for he and I,”     or  “with she and I”     or any other breach of the parts of speech.    It doesn’t just show ignorance,  it’s evidence of  the pervasive miseducation of Americans and it says:  “I don’t even care.”

And things in our nation are not going to change.

 

“My teacher gave my friend and I a book about Global Warming.”     (‘Right’!)

“Our friends told she and I all about Trump.”      (Doubt it.)

“The news showed my wife and I how Assad used chemical weapons . . .”     (Nope)

 

Just a sign.   Just a sign.

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