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cnredd 11-07-2009 09:56 PM

Are You Smarter Than A 1954 8th Grader?
 
I'm proud to say I would've gotten many of these right that I don't think most would, but I'd still fail it...:crazy

Are You Smarter Than A 1954 8th Grader?

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pjohns 11-07-2009 10:46 PM

Re: Are You Smarter Than A 1954 8th Grader?
 
As to the seminal question, viz.: "Are You Smarter Than A 1954 8th Grader?"

Sometimes. On an exceptional day, perhaps.

But one should really not expect it of me on a consistent basis.

saltwn 11-07-2009 11:11 PM

Re: Are You Smarter Than A 1954 8th Grader?
 
Question:
If you were an eighth grader in 1954, does that disqualify you from taking the test?
Just asking for a friend. ;)

Spencer Collins 11-08-2009 12:58 AM

Re: Are You Smarter Than A 1954 8th Grader?
 
That 1954 8th grader had a chance to study the material and it was fresh in their young minds. In school they said I "tested well"...some people do not test well so "smarter" is subjective. Now 45 years later...and without a chance to "study" the material...I could answer a good many of these questions but certainly not all of them. It would be more interesting to compare today's 8th grade class with that 1954 8th grade class...:thumbsup

I think today's 8th graders would find that their predecessors weren't so dumb after all.

MrLiberty 11-08-2009 09:31 AM

Re: Are You Smarter Than A 1954 8th Grader?
 
As a child back in 1954 I must admit I would have failed that test, of course I couldn't read at the time as I was one year old! Having said that, I would not have been able to answer those questions today without a great deal of studying first!

Good post! I doubt the kids today could pass this test considering you have kids in college who think the civil war was fought in 1960! :eek

nursej007 11-08-2009 11:46 AM

Re: Are You Smarter Than A 1954 8th Grader?
 
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Originally Posted by MrLiberty (Post 98843)
I doubt the kids today could pass this test considering you have kids in college who think the civil war was fought in 1960! :eek

Many of whom will soon be teachers...and college professors...
...and the spiraling down continues... :(

pjohns 11-08-2009 03:06 PM

Re: Are You Smarter Than A 1954 8th Grader?
 
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Originally Posted by MrLiberty (Post 98843)
Good post! I doubt the kids today could pass this test considering you have kids in college who think the civil war was fought in 1960! :eek

A few years ago, in the "Jaywalking" segment of Jay Leno's Tonight Show, the host asked someone (who appeared normal enough) where Cuba is located; to which he replied that it is in Asia.

Well, I never did exceptionally well in "Social Studies" (roughly a combination of history and geography) when I was in school, either; but that degree of ignorance is really disturbing...

MrLiberty 11-08-2009 03:49 PM

Re: Are You Smarter Than A 1954 8th Grader?
 
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Originally Posted by pjohns (Post 98883)
A few years ago, in the "Jaywalking" segment of Jay Leno's Tonight Show, the host asked someone (who appeared normal enough) where Cuba is located; to which he replied that it is in Asia.

Well, I never did exceptionally well in "Social Studies" (roughly a combination of history and geography) when I was in school, either; but that degree of ignorance is really disturbing...

any of those man on the street interviews where they ask questions pertaining to government and I cringe at some of the answers.

Being my state borders Canada we get the CBC and there is a guy named Rick Mercer, a comedian, who comes across the border every once in a while and does man on the street interviews asking about Canada. If you want to see dumb Americans you have to watch one of his shows. God it is embarrassing! :yes


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