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Are You Smarter than an Eigth Grader… from 1954?

The U.S. Constitution Test from May 1954 for 8th Grade students in America. (via AoSHQ).

I am proud to say that my private Catholic grammar school — St. Turibius in Chicago, IL — taught us all of this. In 7th grade (IIRC), we had to take the “Constitution Test”. It consisted of 100 questions. And you had to get a passing grade on it (70% I believe) in order to move on to 8th Grade. I got a 99. Big difference between 1954 and 1989 (when I took the test) is that our test was dumbed down to be multiple choice, instead of write-in.

I also remember that we were required to memorize the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution and to get up in front of the class and recite it:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


November 7, 2009 , 5:23PM - Posted by | American History, Public Education

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